buroo

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Representing a Scottish pronunciation of bureau.

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buroo (uncountable)

  1. (Scotland, slang) The Labour Bureau; hence, unemployment benefits; the dole.
    • 193?, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, ‘Forsaken’, Smeddum, Canongate 2001:
      Johnny kenned at once the coarse brute was drunk same as father was Friday nights when he got his money from the Broo.
    • 1990, Alasdair Gray, ‘Quiet People’, Canongate 2012 (Every Short Story 1951-2012), p. 461:
      ‘Anyway, MacFee is very good at stripping lead and copper and zinc and iron from old factories and houses that are going to be demolished – folk pay him to do that, and when work is short he never goes on the burroo.