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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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DUMP, n.2

1. A hole scooped in the ground for playing marbles (Ags.17 1941; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).

2. In pl.: the game of marbles as played in dumps (Rxb. 1825 Jam.2; 1923 Watson W.-B.). Also dumpie (Ib.), -y.Ags. 1896 J. M. Barrie Margaret Ogilvy ii.:
Rushing out . . . to play dumps or palaulays with others of her age.
Rxb. 1921 Kelso Chron. (11 Nov.) 4/4:
Our game of marbles, dumpy, and knuckley.

[Cf. Yks. dial. dump, a deep hole or pool of water, Norw. dump, a depression in the ground.]

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"Dump n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 3 Mar 2024 <>



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