Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BA'IN(G), n. A match at football. Sc. form of balling. See Ba', n.1 [′bɑn] Abd.(D) 1788  J. Skinner Christmass Bawing in Caled. Mag. (Sept.) 498:
Has never in a' this country been Sic shoudering and sic fawing, As happent twa, three days senseen, Here at the Christmass Ba'ing.
Abd. 1877  W. Alexander North. Rural Life in 18th Cent. 176:
There was abundant time for the “ba'in',” or any other recreation that might find favour.

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