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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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POST, v.2, tr. To knead or squeeze (clothes) in washing, to trample (clothes) with the feet, or pound with the hands or a wooden implement (Mry., Bnff. 1966).Sc. 1825 R. A. Armstrong Gael. Dict. 448:
The Highland women put them in a tub, . . . [and] then, with petticoats tucked up . . . commence the operation of posting.
Sc. 1848 J. Logan Gael. Gatherings 55:
Strampuil na Plaideachan, or “tramping the blankets” . . . Fifty or sixty girls may be seen busily employed in this necessary part of their domestic duties, which they call “posting”.
Per. 1903 E.D.D.:
They post clothes with hands as well as feet.
Arg. 1914 N. Munro New Road xiv.:
The river where some girls, high-kilted to the thighs, were posting blankets.
Mry. 1936 I. Cameron Street of Spinners xxv.:
Herself is at the burn posting the blankets.

[Gael. post, variant form borrowed from Poss, id.]

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