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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BROWLIE, BROWLIES, adv. Finely, thoroughly, well (Bnff.2, Abd.2 1936). Cf. Brawly.Mry. 1899 J. Simpson Peat Futherer in Northern Scot (Christmas Number):
An' blithe would she nicker gweed e'en to her fellows, For browlie she kent a' the horsies o' Kellas.
Abd.(D) 1767 R. Forbes Jnl. from London, etc. (1869) 14:
We came browlies o' the rod, till we came within a mile of Godlamin.

[Brow, adj. + suff. -lie, -ly, denoting manner; -s in browlies is a survival of the old adverbial gen.]

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