Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

from 1976 supplement

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FINGER, n. Add: finger stone, a curling stone with fingerholes instead of a handle. Sc. 1838 Chambers's Jnl. (28 April) 108:
The said “channel stane” had no handle; but as a substitute, spaces were regularly cut for the proper action of the finger and thumb. In other respects it was of the common form, but a good deal smaller, from the want of the lever the handle supplies . . . “finger-stones” were known in his young days, and the father of Mr. Mundell of Wallace Hall was the first man who introduced the handle.

11. finger-taps, finger-tips. Dmf. 1917 J. L. Waugh Cute McCheyne 102:
The Shinnel grocer wad gi'e his finger-taps to be in here.

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