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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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FUSKER, n. ne.Sc. form of Eng. whisker (Abd. c.1782 Ellis E.E.P. V. 775: ne.Sc. 1953). See P.L.D. §§ 59, 134. Phr. ‡to hing the fusker, to sport whiskers, sc. as a sign of age and authority, to be a foreman or overseer.Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxx.:
Yon stoot chap, wi' the fite fuskers.
Abd. 1934 D. Scott Stories 64:
Ye've forgotten t' dicht yer fusker, min.
Abd. 1949 Buchan Observer (17 May):
Filling the post of foreman on a large farm, a position equivalent to that of “hingin' the fusker”, as it was called in the days of our grandfathers.
Abd. 1953 Huntly Express (30 Jan.):
Am gyan hame tae Bogs o' Noth, The fusker for tae hing.
Edb. 2002:
Ah juist cannae go a man wi fuskers.

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"Fusker n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 25 Feb 2024 <>



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