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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BACKIE, n.2 (See quot.) [′bɑkɪ̢]Cai.4 c.1920:
Backie, stake to which an animal is tied.

Phr. (See quot.)Cai. 1907 D.B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 64:
“To poo the backie” — to indulge a little.

[O.Sc. baikine. Of obscure origin. In later use as Baikie, q.v. A stake to which a cow is fastened. — Better hand louse nor bound to an ill baikine; Fergusson Prov. 20 (publ. 1641) (D.O.S.T.). See Baikie, n.2, Baukie, n.]

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