Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FENWICK, n. The name of a village in Ayrshire, near Kilmarnock. In phr. and comb.: 1. Fenwick twist, in curling, a twist given to the motion of the stone when delivering it along the ice (Sc. 1868 Royal Caled. Curl. Club Annals 279); 2. like a Fenwick moon, of the face, very red (Ayr. 1950). [′fɛnɪk] 1. Sc. 1914 J. G. Grant Complete Curler 191:
It has, as a rule, been called the “Fenwick twist,” as it is generally believed to have been practised first at that village in North Ayrshire. (It is also sometimes called the “Kilmarnock twist.”)

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