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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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TARRIE, n. Also tarry; terrie, terry; taurie (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.). A terrier dog (Rnf., Ayr. 1825 Jam.; Slg., Ayr. 1972). Comb. tarry-dog, terry-, id. [′tɑre; ′tɛre]Rnf. 1788 E. Picken Poems 177:
We clamb the braes like tarries.
Ayr. 1817 D. McKillop Poems 40:
Wee tarries in the hole are snoukin'.
Sc. 1836 J. Baillie Witchcraft iv. ii.:
She girns like a brock at a terry-dog.
Ayr. 1841 J. Paton Songs 12, 16:
Accompanied wi' the best breed O' Gibbie's tarry dogs, sir. . . The death o' a tarry, goldfinch, or canary.
Gsw. 1850 R. Stewart Musings 60:
She was mastiff and tarry by nature.
Lnk. 1881 D. Thomson Musings 232:
For love, aye as gleg as a knife, Ran in tae my heart like a tarrie.
Slg. 1902 W. C. Paterson Echoes 110:
Pugs, tauries, collies, mony ithers.

[Reduced forms of Eng. terrier, †tarrier.]

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