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PEEL, v.2, n.3 Also peal, peil. [pil]

I. v., tr. or absol. To equal, match (Lth., w.Sc. 1808 Jam.; wm. and s.Sc. 1965); in competitive games, esp. curling and bowling: to achieve equal scores, draw, tie. Also to peel the game, id. Sc. a.1700 Poems Royal Co. Archers 2 in Jam.2:
He cou'd not be peal'd; At the old sport he wan.
Gsw. 1898 D. Willox Poems 288:
Twa rinks o' them did no' sae bad — Yin peel'd, the ither winnin'.
Gsw. 1950 Scotsman (9 Aug.):
The players peeled at several stages in the game and were 17–17 at the seventeenth end.
Edb. 1962 Edb. Ev. Dispatch (29 Jan.) 7:
The last-named fought back in the closing stages to peel the game [curling] at 11 at the 13th.

II. n. 1. An equal, a match, a person or thing comparable to another in some quality or achievement (Lth., w.Sc. 1808 Jam.). Hence to be (lie, stand, etc.) peels, of the contestants in a game, etc.: to have the same score, be level, “quits” (m. and s.Sc. 1965); of a game, competition or the like: to be at the stage of a draw or tie, with equal scores on both sides. Sc. 1722 W. Hamilton Wallace 158:
In time of peace he never had a peel, So courteous he was, and so genteel.
Rnf. 1813 E. Picken Poems II. 131:
Sae she fush him John Gilpin, nae sang is its peil.
Sc. 1883 Channel Stane (McNair) I. 42:
Wattie . . . was flitting about from rink to rink carrying good news and bad — how “Campbell was peels at the tenth head.”
m.Lth. 1890 J. Kerr Hist. Curling 240:
He absolutely refused to play his stone on one occasion when the game stood peels.
Rxb. 1918 Kelso Chron. (4 Oct.) 3:
The players were “peels” at 12.
Edb. 1956 Edb. Evening News (10 Aug.):
The sides finished peels.

2. In pl.: a call by children for a truce or halt in a game, “Keys!”, “Barley!” (Bnff. 1959).

[Orig. obscure. ?Variant of peer, (to) equal.]

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