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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HOD, v. To jog along on horseback, to bump in the saddle, to have a loose ungainly seat, of a poor rider (w.Sc.1808 Jam.; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 273). Ppl. and vbl.n. hodden, hoddin(g), hoddan.Ayr. 1786 Burns Holy Fair vii.:
Here farmers gash, in ridin graith, Gaed hoddan by their cotters.
Ayr. 1811 W. Aiton Agric. Ayr. 500:
The awkward and ungraceful motions, or “hoddings” of country people mounted on their work-horses, accord ill with the fine saddles.
Gsw. 1860 J. Young Poorhouse Lays 123:
Noo hodden on he soon reached hame.
ne.Sc. 1884 D. Grant Lays 43:
Hoddin' on through Tullynessle . . . Wi' a seat nae unco sicker.
Sc. 1889 Stevenson M. Ballantrae ix.:
The smoking horses and the hodding post-boy.

[Prob. imit. Cf. Howd, Hotch.]

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