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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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TRICKER, n.3 Sc. form (after Tricker, n.1) of Eng. dial. trig(ger), the mark or place from which a bowler delivers his bowl. Sc. usage in curling: a flat iron plate spiked on its under-surface on which the player places his foot when throwing his stone, to prevent him slipping.Peb. 1821 J. Kerr Hist. Curling (1890) 203:
Every member shall also provide himself with a broom or besom and a pair of trickers.
Ayr. 1833 J. Cairnie Curling 72:
Footboards are not in use. Instead of them we use Triggers, (or trickers,) which are flat pieces of iron, generally of a triangular shape, with pikes below to catch the ice, and an elevated hold above, to prevent the foot from slipping.
Sc. 1869 Royal Caled. Club Annual 275:
Gae get your besoms, trickers, stanes, And join the friendly strife, man.
Ayr. 1891 H. Johnston Kilmallie xix.:
The second, third and fourth players on each side, footed the trigger and sent their stones hurtling.

[Orig. obscure, but poss. an extended usage from Eng. trig as in note to Tricker, n.2, above.]

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