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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hiddy-giddy, adv. Also: hiddie giddie[A riming jingle.] In a giddy whirl, dizzily. Also adj. Dizzy, whirling, helterskelter.adv. c1450-2 Howlat 821.
In come twa flyrand fulis, … and ȝeid hiddy giddy
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxiii. 44.
Quha euir assay wald, … Thair hippis ȝeid hiddy giddy
1540 Lynd. Sat. 4151.
That iurdane I may rew: It gart my heid rin hiddie giddie
1686 G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 44.
To garr my fo'k run hiddy-giddy [gl. stark mad]
adj. 1629 Maxwell Herodian (1635) 295.
He fell to his hiddygiddy veneration of his country deity ... with antique dances

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