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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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DRIVER, n. In curling: the skip. Also at bowls. A specif. use of Eng. driver.Sc. 1811 J. Ramsay Curling 7:
He who is reckoned the best curler, has generally the power of arranging the order of the game; and whoever is last in order gives directions to all the rest of his party. He is called the driver, and the first the lead.
Sc. 1864 W. W. Mitchell Bowl-Playing 22:
The sides to be formed by ballot, each party naming its own driver.
Sc. 1892 J. Brown Manual Bowling 60:
We now come to consider briefly the position of the skip or driver.
Peb. 1817 R. Brown Lintoun Green 38:
Their lead, or driver leal, Yont the hog-score, straight in the way.

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