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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BUSS, n.3 Ornamentation, trimming. A variant of busk (see Busks).Edb. 1850 J. Smith Humorous Sc. Stories (14th ed.) 14:
Ye'll pit on yer sou-backit mutch, yer linsey-woonsey goun wi' the bonnie braw buss, and yer grand figmaleery bannit.

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