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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hirdy-girdy, Hirdie-girdie, n. and adv. [Imitative. Also in north. Eng. dialects.] (In) confusion or uproar. — a1500 Colk. Sow i. 183.
Sick a din and a dirdy, A garray and a hirdy girdy
Ib. 495.
[Of] this hirdy girdy I … cry ȝow mercy
1591 Crim. Trials I. 239.
Thay ran all hirdie-girdie and wer angrie
1686 Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 44.
What hirdy girdy this ye keep

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