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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

PAIGLE, n., v. Also pegil. [′pegəl]

I. n. 1. The menial or rough work to be done about a house, the dirty household jobs (Ags. 1808 Jam.; Ork. 1965). Phr. to work the paigle, to be responsible for the menial or dirty jobs about a house (Ib.).

2. = Paidle, n.2 (Cai. 1965).

II. v. To do the dirty work of a household (Ayr. 1880 Jam.; Ork. 1965). Vbl.n. paiglin, the dirty work (Ib.).

[? Conflation of Paik and Paidle, n.3, v.2.]

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