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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PARDOOS, n., adv. Also perdoos(t) (Sh.). [pər′dus]

I. n. A thump, crash; a violent fall (Bnff. 1880 Jam.); a resounding blow, a whack (Sh. 1965).Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 122:
He fell aff o'the hehd o'the hoose wee a pardoos.

II. adv. Violently, with great force, with a crash (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 122).

[Per-, intensive pref., + Doose, a thump. Cf. Pergaddus.]

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