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TULYIE, n., v. Also tu(i)ly(i)e, tu(i)lz(y)ie, tuylye; tool(z)ie, -y, toulzie (Abd. 1748 R. Forbes Ajax 10), toolyie (Abd. c.1782 Ellis E.E.P. V. 772; Ayr. 1816 A. Boswell Poet. Works (1871) 163; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); tüllie, -y, tülie, tullie, -y, tul(l)y(e), tullzie; teullyo, teuly, tölli (I.Sc.); †toilzie, †toillie; tweel(z)ie, twe(i)llie (sm.Sc.); ¶tool (Ayr. c.1805 I. Pagan Songs 39). [′tuli, †′tulji; Ork. ′tøle, -ju; Sh. ′tøl(j)i; sm.Sc. ′twili]

I. n. 1. A quarrel, fight, scuffle, broil, skirmish, struggle, turmoil (Sc. 1808 Jam.; I.Sc., Fif., Lth., Bwk. 1973). Sc. 1713 R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) II. 154:
In a douell or a drunken toilzie.
Sc. 1736 Ramsay Proverbs (1776) 36:
He that meddles with toolies come[s] in for the redding-streak.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Works (S.T.S.) 153:
Drinking an' dancing an' brulzies, . . . The town was forever in tulzies.
Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 79:
He lap the stans to Willie Gled, An' soon the tweelie settled But bluid, that day.
Ayr. 1790 Burns Election Ball. xvii.:
What verse can sing, what prose narrate The butcher deeds of bloody Fate, Amid this mighty tulyie?
Sc. 1814 Scott Waverley lxiii.:
Killed that same night in the tuilyie, and mony mae bra' men.
Sc. 1856 R. Chambers Trad. Edb. 39:
Skirmishes between bands of armed men — usually called tulzies.
Per. 1895 R. Ford Tayside Songs 172:
Gude save's frae a tulzie wi' ne'er-do-weel Jock!
Hdg. 1908 J. Lumsden Th' Loudons 131:
Syne, belyve, wad come the final Of our tuilzies for the land.
Ork. 1914 Old-Lore Misc. VII. iv. 155:
The men stripped off their coats, “and gaed in a hecked teullyo”.
Fif. 1929 A. Taylor Bitter Bread 282:
After a simple tulzie wi' a ploughman and not the breath in me to blaw oot a candle.
Sh. 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 77:
Dey fell oot, an a toillie cam.
Ork. 1951 R. Rendall Ork. Variants 20:
Skulls crackt in the tullye.

Hence combs.: †(1) tuilyie-mulie, a quarrel, broil, turmoil (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.), mulie representing Eng. moil; †(2) tuilyie-wap, a game in which a chain of boys coil round a leader until in a dense mass and then push until the group falls over (Rxb. 1825 Jam.). See Wap; (3) yokit-tuilyie, a form of skating (Rxb. 1973). See Yoke. (1) Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry 4:
The Papists and their faes comminglit In monie a fecht and tulzie-mulzie.
Bnff. 1852 A. Harper Solitary Hours 60:
But end a' tullie-mulie din, And try to sleep in a hale skin.
Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xiv.:
A teuch toolie-moolie the twa o's had thegither.

2. A verbal quarrel, a wrangle or dispute, an altercation (I.Sc., Mry., Abd. 1973). Liter. Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 154:
Smiling, ca' her little Foolie, Syne with a Kiss evite a Toolie.
Lnk. a.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 42:
But there happened a tullie between the twa mothers who would have both their names to be Johns.
Ayr. 1785 Burns To W. Simpson xxxi.:
Tho' dull prose-folk Latin splatter In logic tulzie.
Rxb. 1821 A. Scott Poems 71:
'Bout their joes a tulzie thus began.
Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 27:
Whin he wanted a flyte an' tullye wi' the laird o' Nearhouse.
Sh. 1899 Shetland News (18 Feb.):
A'm juist been in a tüllie wi' da maister.
Abd.13 1910:
Your tongue's aye i' the tully. Said of a person who speaks when they shouldn't.
Sc. 1943 Scots Mag. (July) 287:
A tulzie of criticasters over the remnants of a very minor poet.

3. Toil, labour, trouble, exertion (Sh. 1973). Deriv. tuilyiement, id. Chiefly liter. Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) Il. 107:
It masters a' sic fell diseases That would ye spulzie, And brings them to a canny crisis Wi' little tulzie.
Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin ii.:
After comin' through coontless toils an tuilyiements.
Sc. 1913 H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ i. iii.:
Wha haes a sterker tuilyiement nor he wha struissles tae discomfish hissel?

II. v. 1. To quarrel, contend, come to blows, fight (Sc. 1808 Jam.; I.Sc., Mry. 1973). Vbl.n., ppl.adj. tulying, fighting, quarrelling. Rnf. 1715 W. Hector Judicial Rec. (1876) I. 82:
They did fall upon ane another and tuilzeing and fighting.
Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 309:
Tulying Dogs comes halting home.
Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) I I. 185:
Come on ye blades! but 'ere ye tulzie.
Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 46:
For pow'r amang the herd he ne'er contends; Nor tweelies for the kingdom of the loan.
Rnf. 1813 G. MacIndoe Wandering Muse 126:
Yet, had he seen twa cronies tooly Wi' bitter brulze, about their spoolie.
Sc. 1817 Scott Rob Roy xxvi.:
That they suld let folk tuilzie in their yards.
Rxb. 1847 J. Halliday Rustic Bard 195:
Syne Tam an' Geordie had a bout, An tulzied 'boot a hizzie.
Sh. 1879 Shetland Times (13 Sept.):
Laek cats an' dogs tuylyin'.
Sh. 1963 New Shetlander No. 67. 7:
I couldna tink ta lat him tülly wi yun haethens.

Deriv. †tuilziesome, tuilyiesum, adj., quarrelsome (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Ags. 1823 A. Balfour Foundling III. 81:
Ye've found the truth o' the auld byword, that tulziesome tykes come limpin' hame.

2. absol. To quarrel verbally, to argue, wrangle, squabble (Sh., Ork., Mry. 1973): rarely tr. to scold. Sc. 1725 Ramsay Gentle Shep. i. ii.:
[To] see sic wee Tots toolying at your Knee To be made of, and obtain a Kiss.
Dmf. 1783 Session Papers, Riddell v. Costine Proof 18:
Her father said, Let the lairds tuilzie about their own ground.
Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems 346:
Ere humble bardies get a name They toolzie sair.
Hdg. 1796 Session Papers, Petition J. Tait (26 May) Proof 2:
Her mistress was continually toolying or quarrelling with her.
Ayr. 1821 Scots Mag (April) 352:
I am doons wae to let my pen fa' without tuilyiein' you a wee for the auld-farrant letter whilk ye sent me.
Kcb. 1898 T. Murray Frae the Heather 33:
My younkers gie me mair delicht To see them tulzie wha to licht The paper for my cuttie.
Kcb. 1901 R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 138, 450:
They joost settl't doon an cangl't an tweelzie't like ither folk. . . . There wus sic tweelyin amang them ower't.
Ork. 1908 Old-Lore Misc. I. viii. 317:
Twa feuly ald Orkna billies tullzied aboot a peerie uddie bit o' a plantacreu.
Sh. 1933 J. Nicolson Hentilagets 17:
I'm no tirn, sukkers, bit ye maana tölli.

3. Of lovers: to struggle playfully, to dally. Sc. 1724 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 77:
Now to her heaving bosom cling, And sweetly toolie for a kiss.
Ayr. 1892 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 318:
When tulyin' wi' a bonny lass.

4. To toil, trudge laboriously (Sh. 1973). ne.Sc. 1884 D. Grant Lays 114:
Owre the hill he hitch't an' hirplet, Tulzied hame an' wan to bed.

[O.Sc. toilȝie, to harass, 1375, tulyhe, to fight, 1444, tulȝe, a quarrel, c.1420, tuilyesomenes, quarrelsomeness, 1577, the reg. Sc. development of O. Fr. to(u)illier, to stir up, agitate, strive, dispute, from which Eng. toil is derived.]

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