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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BULGE, v. ? To overload with ornament. Used only at George Heriot's Hospital. [bʌldʒ]Edb. 1910 Scotsman (3rd Sept.):
The outgoing boys had to decorate the shields, thistles, cornucopias, the crown and other devices, emblematic of the name and character of Heriot. These operations were styled respectively “busking the effigy” and “bulging the properties.”

[Prob. a causative use of Eng. bulge, to swell out.]

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