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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

GELLOCK, n.1 Also gelleck, -ic, gaylock, †gewlock, -ick. An iron crowbar or pinch bar (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 220; Rxb. 1825 Jam., gewlock, -ick, 1923 Watson W.-B., gaylock; Gall., Kcb., Dmf. 1954). Cf. Guloch and Killick. [′gɛlək, ′gel-]Sc. 1862 A. Hislop Proverbs 74:
He gangs frae the jilt to the gellock.
Kcb. 1895 Crockett Moss-Hags 1.:
While Wat and I with our crowbars or gellecks . . . were to try our best with the window.
Gall. 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 239–240:
He turn't up a big flag wi his gellock.

[Reduced forms of Gavelock, n.1, q.v. O.Sc. has galok, id., 1536, gellok, 1600. For dropping of medial v, see P.L.D. § 70. 1.]

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