Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

from 1976 supplement

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CRISP, n. An iron cross with pronged bent ends for fixing on the ice, on which the curler stood to deliver the stone. Cf. Cramp, n.2, 3. and Crampet, n., 6. Lnk. 1782 J. Kerr Curling (1890) 131:
By cash paid for crisps . . . 2s.
Rnf. 1965 T. E. Niven East Kilbride 299:
Instead of a “crampit”, or foot rest, there was a “crisp”, or iron cross.

[From crisp, to curl, bend, twist.]

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