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  • It wad look unco-like, I thought, just to be sent out on a hunt-the-gowk errand wi’ a land-louper like that.

    Chapter XLV

  • It wad look unco-like, I thought, just to be sent out on a hunt-the-gowk errand wi 'a landlouper like that.

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Volume 02

  • It wad look unco-like, I thought, just to be sent out on a hunt-the-gowk errand wi’ a landlouper like that.

    Guy Mannering

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  • Not to be confused with Scots hunt-the-slipper, "a common sport among young people." --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    May 23, 2011

  • To go on a fool's errand. The Scots term gowk was used for the cuckoo bird as well as for a foolish fellow. The phrase is similar in meaning to "a snipe hunt" in the US.

    May 23, 2011