from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cleft or gorge in a hill; a ravine; also, a cliff or the side of a ravine.


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  • Your reign, from the dismal field of Pinkie-cleugh, when you were a babe in the cradle, till now that ye stand a grown dame before us, hath been such a tragedy of losses, disasters, civil dissensions, and foreign wars, that the like is not to be found in our chronicles.

    The Abbot

  • I have left him in the upper cleugh, as he is somewhat kenspeckle, 27 and is marked both with cut and birn — the sooner the skin is off, and he is in saultfat, the less like you are to have trouble — you understand me?

    The Monastery

  • Yet hour after hour we held our silent course, clambering like heather-cats over cleugh and boggy moorland, till at last we reached Bun Chraobg, where we unsaddled for a snatch of sleep.

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45

  • The cleugh, or wild ravine, into which Hobbie Elliot had followed the game, was already far behind him, and he was considerably advanced on his return homeward, when the night began to close upon him.

    The Black Dwarf

  • Bannock, which at one point winds through a cleugh with steep banks, and next by two morasses, Halbert's bog and Milton bog.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07

  • Well, he prophesied stuff like this: 'When the owl and the eagle meet on the same blasted rowan tree, then a lassie in a white hood from the east shall make the burn of Cross-cleugh run full red,' and drivel of that insane kind.

    In the Wrong Paradise

  • Buccleugh, passing the cleugh where the buck was ta'en.

    Angling Sketches

  • Surely it is the deepest, the steepest, and the greenest cleugh that is shone on by the sun!

    Angling Sketches

  • --- Sir Arthur's drowned already, and an ye fa 'over the cleugh too, there will be but ae wig left in the parish, and that's the minister's.' '

    The Antiquary

  • Scream'd at ilk cleugh, and screech'd at ilka how,

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian


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