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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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CHEUCH JEAN, CHEUGH —, n. comb. A sweetmeat, a jujube. See also Teuch, adj[′tʃux′dʒin, ′tʃʌx —; see P.L.D. § 35.6]Sc. 1925 E. MacGirr in Scots Mag. (Dec.) 234:
Cheugh jeans were two for a faurdin.
Dmb. 2004:
Ye used tae get cheuch Jeans in wee shops.
Gsw. 1931 H. S. Roberton Curdies 85:
For with a “wing” (a penny) an unbelievable quantity of “cheuch jeans” could be procured.
Gsw. 1972 Molly Weir Best Foot Forward (1974) 42:
'Aye,' he would say dreamily, 'I saw ye tak' yer cheuch Jean from yer mooth, and gi'e him a wee sook at it, and then take it back again.'
Lnk. 1926 W. Queen We're A' Coortin 51:
I'll bate a ha'penny scone tae a faurdin' paurley or twa cheugh jeans that ye've aither trampit on the kittlin' or knockit up against that crock o' soor milk.

[For first element, see Teuch, tough. The origin of the second element is obscure, but cf. choch john s.v. Choch.]

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