Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
STRAMASH, n., v. Also stramush (Bnff. 1846 Banffshire Jnl. (6 Jan.)), strumesh (Ags. 1892 A. Reid Howetoon 136), stramoosh (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); straemash (Ayr. 1822 Galt Entail lxxvii.); strimmish; ¶stamash. [strɑ′mɑʃ]
I. n. 1. An uproar, commotion, hubbub, disturbance, a broil, squabble, row (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 269; Rxb. 1942 Zai). Gen.Sc.
Sc. 1803 Three Banks Rev. (June 1959):
A very unexpected stramash occurred in our Accomptant's office two days ago. Rnf. 1815 W. Finlayson Rhymes 139:
For a' his boozing, an' stramashes. Ayr. 1821 Galt Legatees ix.:
She will raise sic a stramash, that she will send the whole government into the air. Sc. 1836 Wilson's Tales of the Borders II. 293:
Dinna kick up such a stramash at my yett again. Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxxi.:
There arose a stramash doon stairs fiercer than ordinary. Sc. 1867 N. Macleod Starling ii.:
Ane o' them made a stramash atween our Auld Licht minister and the Customer Weaver. Wgt. 1877 “Saxon” Gall. Gossip 257:
They snortit and pranced and made an awfu' stramash. wm.Sc. 1907 N. Munro Daft Days xxix.:
The warld's gane wud, Mr Dyce, wi' hurry and stramash. Cai. 1909 D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 10:
Manny's 'e stramash 'at's here. m.Sc. 1927 J. Buchan Witch Wood i.:
The folk of Woodilee are ready enough for any stramash in kirk or state. Bwk. 1943 W. L. Ferguson Vignettes 67:
Sic a stramash was never kent afore! The beas' are routin' like the verra deevil! Bnff. 1968 Banffshire Advert. (23 May) 8:
Aye startin' some kine a stramash.
2. A state of great excitement or rage, a fury (Sh., Cai. 1971).
Kcd. 1932 L. G. Gibbon Sunset Song 80:
Father had been in a fair stamash at that.
3. (1) A smash, crash, mishap, accident, disaster, ruinous event (I.Sc., Ags. 1971).
Kcb. 1895 Crockett Moss-Hags xl.:
Trying what banes was hale after his stramash. m.Sc. 1898 J. Buchan John Burnet ii. iv.:
I heard ye had some kind o' stramash. e.Lth. 1903 J. Lumsden Toorle 73:
Gif eneuch be left be this stramash to pey a' their passages. wm.Sc. 1946 H. Reid Big Adventure 18:
Dinna cut a big dash, lest ye ha'e a stramash.
(2) A state of ruin or dilapidation, wreckage, a smashed or shattered condition (Sh., Ags. 1971). Also in n.Eng. dial.
Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 2:
Fearfu' the stramash and stour, When pinnacle cam doun and tow'r. Ayr. 1838 J. Morrison M'Ilwham Papers iv.:
Never did I see sic a stramash as that Rafrilan body has made o' my bit letter. Slg. c.1860 Trans. Slg. Nat. Hist. Soc. (1923) 24:
O for a gran' stramash! Some coach an' pair tae break doon. Sc. 1887 Stevenson Underwoods 117:
Let spires and pews wi' gran' stramash Thegither fa'. Per. 1896 I. MacLaren Kate Carnegie 364:
It [a business firm]'s been rotten for a while, an' noo it's fair stramash. Ayr. 1913 J. Service Memorables 8:
[The walls] fell wi' sic a horrible stramash that I was waukened frae my dream. Ork. 1920:
The twa geegs collided and meed a big stramash on the road. Slg. 1935 W. D. Cocker Further Poems 31:
Doon in stour an' thunner cam' the castle in stramash.
II. v. 1. intr. To create a disturbance, kick up a row, be rowdy (Sh., Cai., Abd., Per., Lnk., sm.Sc. 1971); tr. to confuse, agitate, bewilder. Vbl.n. stramashin, confusion, turmoil, feverish activity or ongoings (Id)
Sh. 1879 Shetland Times (7 June):
I'm gettin' fairly strimmish'd tae ken what ye're up tae. Sc. 1907 D. MacAlister Echoes (1923) 167:
Sleep — ye watna sic stramashin.
2. To shatter, to smash to pieces (Bnff. 1971). Also in n.Eng. dial.
Bnff. 1880 J. F. S. Gordon Chrons. Keith 70:
Choking the lums with a divot which occasionally stramashed the Tea Pots.
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