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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FLYPE, v.2, n.2 [fləip]

I. v. To fall heavily, to flop (Abd.15 1952); to throw oneself down for a short rest (ne.Sc. 1952). With doon, to sit down with a thump (Abd.27 1952).Ags. 1790 D. Morison Poems 24:
Then o'er he flypit like a sot.
Kcd. 1819 J. Burness Plays, etc. 291:
Sae sick he coudna keep on's fit, But o'er did flype.
Bnff.2 1943:
We a' flype for a quarter o' an hour in the orra staa in the stable at denner time.

II. n. A flip, a flapping blow, a slap (Abd.27 1952).Abd. 1875 G. Macdonald Malcolm xxxvi.:
It's naething to greit aboot, daddy. It's hardly mair nor the flype o' a sawmon's tail.

[Orig. partly onomat., with influence from flap, flop, flip. Cf. Flaip.]

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