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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

GURLIEWHIRKIE, n. “Unforeseen evil, dark and dismal; premeditated revenge” (Ayr. 1825 Jam.).

[? Gurly, adj., 1. + whirkie. The word is phs. not authentic.]

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