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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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STRABUSH, n. Also -busch, -bash. An uproar, tumult, hullabaloo, a quarrel, row (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Fif. 1971). [strɑ′bʌʃ]Fif. 1823 W. Tennant Cardinal Beaton 171:
Siccan a strabash as has been in't syn we left it.
Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 86:
Then, hirie-harie! folks did rusch; Then rag'd the scrimmage and strabusch.
Bnff. 1853 Banffshire Jnl. (23 Aug.):
Frae sic strabash he'll daftly rush.
Fif. 1894 D. S. Meldrum Margrédel ix.:
Certy! There was a fine strabush.

[Altered form of Stramash, q.v.]

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