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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SHAM, n. Also shaum. The leg, now gen. in jocular use (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Abd. 1940).Abd. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 53, 117:
An end like this wad be mair pleasin, An' to my wither't shaums mair easin, . . . Or craggy heugh had thrawn a queack's shaum.
Abd. 1923 Swatches o' Hamespun 17:
Haud in yer shams an' nae cowp the table.

[Ad. Fr. jambe. id . ]

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