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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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SWATCH, v.2 Nonce variant of Eng. switch, to whisk (the tail).Slk. 1825 Blackwood's Mag. (Jan.) 79:
The oussen cockyt their stupid heedis, And swatchyt theire tailis full longe.

[This pseudo-archaic form was changed to switch'd in the text in Hogg Queer Book (1832) 185.]

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