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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BUG, Bowg, n.2 In phr. to let bug, — bowg, always used with the neg. — to give no sign, not to “let on.” Cf. Dab in phr. let dab. Known to Cai.7 (bowg), obsol., Ags.1, Lth., Lnk. (per Lnk.3), Gsw.1 1936. [bʌg Sc.; bʌug Cai.]Gsw.(D) 1909 J. J. Bell Oh! Christina! ix.:
I didna mean to let bug aboot it — I meant to surprise ye — but I see ye're needin' something to cheer ye up.
Ayr.4 1928:
Never let bug to him aboot it.

[Cf. Eng. dial. bug-words, boasting words.]

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"Bug n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 2 Dec 2023 <>



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