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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

ICE, n. Also ise (Sc. 1880 Jam.). Sc. usages. [əis]

1. In phr. to play at the ice, to play the game of curling (w. and sm.Sc. 1958).Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff xviii.:
Aweel, the laird, and some ither idle folk were playin' at the ice.

2. Combs.: (1) April ice, used fig. of something transient and of little consequence; (2) ice dirk, an icicle; (3) ice-ground, a curling rink (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.); (4) ice-lowsing, -lousan, a thaw (Wgt. 1958). See Lowse; (5) ice-skid, one of a pair of skates (Ib.); (6) ice-stane, a curling stone (Lnk. 1825 Jam.; Ayr. 1923 Wilson Dial. Burns 162; Ags., Per., Fif. 1958); (7) ice-tangle, an icicle (ne.Sc., Ags., Fif. 1958), -tankle (Per. 1851 R. S. Fittis Misc. Sc. Tradition 349).(1) Ayr. 1824 A. Crawford Tales Grandmother 183:
Dinna think it's April ice you're slidin' on, an' dinna be wishin' sic wishes.
(2) s.Sc. 1887 R. Allan Poems 56:
Long gleaming ice-dirks hanging from the eaves.
(4) Ork. 1910 Old-Lore Misc. III. i. 31:
A ice-lousan cam on an' made sican a burn at da ald widden brig at steud below da mill waas taen awa fair bodily.
Ork. 1922 J. Firth Reminisc. 4:
Rabbits, which were almost exterminated by a flood during an “ice-lowsing”.
Ork. 1996 Orcadian 11 Jan 19:
These roan pipes never stay attached; as soon as an avalanche of wet snow starts to slide down the roof, when an ice-lowsing begins, it carries the spoots along with it.
(6) Ayr. a.1822 A. Boswell Poet. Wks. 195:
Your ice-stanes in your gray plaids fauld, And try on lochs a pingle.
(7) Ags. 1846 G. Macfarlane Rhymes 59:
Ice-tangles round our houses hing.
Ags. 1853 W. Blair Aberbrothock 34:
My patience is noo as cauld as ane ice-tangle at the drap o' the hoose.

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"Ice n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Jul 2022 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/ice>

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