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shoogle (third-person singular simple present shoogles, present participle shoogling, simple past and past participle shoogled)

  1. (transitive, Scotland, Northern England) To shake or rock rapidly.
    • 2005, David Fiddimore, Tuesday's War, unnumbered page:
      I heard the sparks who drove us saying something like, ‘You keep these three Doc; we'll shoogle up the mess boys and find some breakfast.’
    • 2005, Neil Keir Henderson, An English Summer in Scotland and Other Unlikely Events, page 225:
      Suddenly, a rhythmic shaking and rattling overtook the room, shoogling and shimmying the structure in time to the acid jazz stomp riverboat boogie shuffle beat of the song.
    • 2008, Mandy Haggith, Paper Trails: From Trees to Trash - The True Cost of Paper, page 25:
      He dipped it, scooped up a sheet's worth of pulp from the vessel and shook it even, rocking it back and forth to let out the water. There is a wonderful Scots word, ‘shoogle’, for precisely this rocking motion. After shoogling the frame, he let it drip for a few seconds, then, as if opening the window, he raised the deckle and lifted out the gauze.


shoogle (plural shoogles)

  1. An act of shoogling; a shake.
    • 1850, John Galt, The Entail, page 299:
      First and foremost, howsever, gie that sleepy body, Dirdumwhamle, a shoogle out o' his dreams.
    • 2010, Steward Gemmill, The Treasures of Drumory, page 1342:
      To him, it might as well have been music, and his subsequent display of dance kicks and bum shoogles, had them all in hysterics.
    • 2012, Neil Munro, The Vital Spark, page 54:
      And when he would be sayin' good-bye to them from the brudge, he would chust take off his hat and give it a shoogle, and put it on again; his manners wass complete.

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