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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FEUCH, v.1, n.1 Also feugh. [fjux]

I. v. To puff (at a pipe), to smoke (Mry.1 1925; Bnff.2, Abd.2 1946).Abd. c.1750 R. Forbes Jnl. from London (1767) 10:
Deil belickit did he the hale gate bat feugh at his pipe.
Abd. 1826 D. Anderson Poems 73:
Hame frae the alehouse come at night, An' feugh his cuttie, an' light, an' light.
Ags. 1892 A. Reid Howetoon 132:
[He] feuched wi' mair birr whan his mou' was a' haill.
Bnff. 1927 E. S. Rae Hansel Fae Hame 35:
Ye feuch your bogie, streeked at ease. ? Hence feugar, a smoker.
Ayr. 1790 A. Tait Poems 240:
Ye'd almost think she has twa wames, Tobacco feugar.

II. n. A whiff, draw, puff (at a pipe), a smoke (Bnff.16, Abd.27, Ags. 1946). Dim. feuchie.Abd. 1903 W. Watson Auld Lang Syne 5:
Licht ma pipe . . . and gie me a bit feuchie.
Bnff. 1918 J. Mitchell Bydand 11:
Ower a feuch o' bogie an' a skirp o' barley-bree.
Abd. 1928 Word-Lore III. vi. 149:
She liket a feuch o' the pipe.

[Orig. onomatopoeic. The word feugar is uncertain in meaning and may not belong here.]

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