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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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TEESICK, n. Also teesic. A spell of illness freq. of an indefinite character, an indisposition (Bwk. 1921 T.S.D.C.); an illness due to overwork, a breakdown (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). [′tizɪk]Abd. 1924 Scots Mag. (Oct.) 58:
He's a dorty breet, aye baddert wi some teesick or idder.
Sc. 1993 Derrick McClure in A. L. Kennedy and Hamish Whyte New Writing Scotland 11: The Ghost of Liberace 61:
Nae five-nichts' fivver wid come ower't nor hidlin teesic

[O.Sc. teasick, 1600, Mid.Eng. tysyk, a chest disease, esp. tuberculosis of the lungs, O. Fr. tisique, Med. Lat. phthisica, Gr. φθισικος, consumptive. Cf. phthisis, id. See P.L.D. § 45.]

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