Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CLEUK, Cleuck, Cluick, Clook, n.1 and v.1 [kl(j)uk]
(1) A claw (Ags.2, Fif.1, Lnl.11937).
Mry.(D) 1806 J. Cock Simple Strains 100:
Else she mith chance her life to lose, 'Mang Pussy's cluicks. Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes I. xxxii.:
Gin I cud but redd the scoonrel's heid wi' your cleuks, Baudrons! . . . he wadna be in sic a doom's hurry to han'le ye again, Is' wad.
(2) A hand (Abd.9, Ags.11937).
Sc. 1774 R. Forbes Lyon in Mourning (S.H.S. 1895–96) III. 321:
I shall not be much at ease until I hear it is come safe into thy cluicks. Abd. 1912–19 Rymour Club Misc. II. 53:
And fa, think ye, gaed hame wi' her, But the lad wi the crookit cleuk?
(3) In pl.: “clutches” (Cai.3 1931). Occas. also sing. (Abd.19, Ags.11937).
Ork. 1915 J. T. S. Leask in Old-Lore Misc., Ork., Sh., etc. VIII. i. 42:
Ae day he gaed oot i a boat, an' boy! sheu made ap 'er mind at sheu wad hae 'im i 'er cleuks dan. Bnff.(D) 1872 W. Philip It 'ill a' come Richt xxiii.:
Peer sowl, it's to be houped he hisna gotten her in his clooks at last. Ags. 1867 G. W. Donald Poems, etc. 22:
Yet Death has got him in his clook, That gruesome carle.
(4) The latch or catch of a door. In this sense perhaps influenced by, or in mistake for, Cleek, n.1, 1 (8).
Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin ix.:
To the mischief wi' ye're snecks! . . . what gars ye hae cleuks o' that kind aboot the tabernacle door?
(1) To scratch; to dig the claws into. Known to our Abd. correspondents 1937.
Abd. 1825 Jam.2:
The cat'll cleuck ye, an' ye dinna take care. Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 28:
Mistress Puss . . . . . . throom-throom't as she clookit his knee.
(2) To seize roughly (Abd.22 1937).
Abd. c.1746 W. Forbes Dominie Deposed (1800) 12:
The carlings Maggy had so cleuked Before young Jack was rightly hooked, They made her twice as little booked.
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