Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To tear; uncover; unroof; strip; pare off with a spade, as sward, or soil from the top of a quarry.
“This kind o 'raggin' at ane anither gaed on for the feck o 'the forenicht, an' we were juist i 'the thick o' a 'tirr-wirr aboot the best cure for the kink-host, when the doonstairs door gaed clash to the wa', an 'in anither meenit in banged Sandy in his sark sleeves, an' his hair fleein 'like a bundle o' ravelled threed.”
“Silvia could hear the twittering of the young starlings in their nests as their parents went and came carrying food, and the loud and joyful "tirr-a-wee, tirr-a-wee, prooit, tweet!" of the thrushes, and the low currooing of the wood pigeon, and the soft call of the cuckoo, that seemed to come in whenever an interval of silence fitted.”
“Gien 't war ance to get its nose in, I wadna say but it micht tirr (strip) the rufe, but it winna blaw 's intil the burn, my leddy.”
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