Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GINGER, n. Sc. usages in phrs.: 1. to gee (jow) one's ginger, to bestir oneself, see Jee and Jow: 2. to warm someone's ginger, to give someone a thrashing (m.Lth.1 1954). 2. Sc. 1900 E.D.D.:
A mother might warn her child, “Tak care or I'll warm yer ginger.”

[Phr. 1. seems to originate in the use of ginger, purely for alliteration, and then taken as a synonym for the behind, posterior. Hence phr. 2.]

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