Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Scotland, a name humorously applied to an insolvent debtor who escaped his creditors by taking refuge within the legal sanctuary formerly constituted by the precincts of Holyrood Abbey.
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Unflattering Scots terms and nicknames for people and their perceived or imagined foibles, follies, and failings. Gleaned from Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.
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