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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SKIP, n.1, v.2 The fuller form skipper is also occas. used.

I. n. In curling or bowls: the captain and director of play of a rink or side of players (sm.Sc. 1825 Jam.). Gen.Sc.Dmf. 1823 Caled. Mercury (8 Feb.):
One of the rinks, headed by Mr H. Currie, was never before conquered on any ice since he became skip.
Dmf. 1830 R. Broun Mem. Curl. Mab. 100:
The sweeping department to be under the exclusive control of the skipper.
Sc. 1872 Cassell's Pop. Educator IV. 133:
The play commences by the captain or skip of one side (determined by a toss) throwing out the jack towards the opposite end of the green.
Sc. 1912 J. A. Manson Complete Bowler 199:
After the skip has played the last bowl of an end.
Sc. 1933 E. S. Haldane Scot. of Our Fathers 355:
Each rink has its “skip”, who directs the “sooping” of the besoms and the play generally.

II. v. To act as skip or director of play to a team of curlers or bowlers. Freq. in phr. to skip a rink (Sc. 1904 E.D.D.). Gen.Sc.Ayr. 1900 Ardrossan Herald (2 June) 5:
President and Vice-President skipped rinks pitted against each other.
Dmf. 1912 J. Hyslop Echoes 135:
I have once more in my fancy “skipped” a rink on the keen, black ice.
Sc. 1938 St Andrews Cit. (5 Feb.) 8:
A St Andrews rink skipped by Mr. R. R — was beaten by Scotscraig.

[Abbreviated form of skipper, a (ship-) captain.]

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