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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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COIT, Quoit, Cute, Cuit, v. and n.

I. v. “To amuse one's self by curling on the ice. Cute is used in the same sense in Upp. Clydes.” (Ayr. 1825 Jam.2). The form cute is confirmed by Ayr.4 1928.

Comb.: cutin-stane, cutie-, a curling-stone (Clydes. 1825 Jam.2).

II. n. In phr. to be a' the cuit, to have played the winning stone, to have reached the tee. Cf. to be a' the curl s.v. Curl, nLnk. 1806 J. Greenshields Annuals Lesmahagow (1864) App. 46: 
And valiant Currie triumphs o'er his foes;- "Fy, let me to!" he cries, "I'm a' the cuit: Lay down your besoms, lads - I tell ye do't!"

[Apparently transferred from the game of quoits to that of curling. Eng. quoit and Eng. dial. coit are used to mean fling, hurl, in gen., esp. of flat objects.]

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