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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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SWISHER, n. Also Swisser-. A Swiss, a native of Switzerland. Obs. Hence Swisserland, Switzerland. Almost obs.Sc. 1716 D. Warrand Culloden Papers (1925) II. 92:
Never were people mor oppressed with quartering of Sojores, not onlie having the Dutch and Swishers.
Lth. 1925 C. P. Slater Marget Pow 78:
Mebbe there's higher hills than Arthur's Seat in Swisserland but they're dreich and cauld-lookin'.

[The form Swisser has been obs. in Eng. since the mid 18th c.]

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