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Scotch mist

a combination of mist or fog and drizzle, occurring frequently in Scotland and parts of England.
a cocktail made by pouring Scotch whisky over finely crushed ice.
Origin of Scotch mist
First recorded in 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For the last twenty-four hours it had been raining heavily, now the air was moistened by a Scotch mist.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • A Scotch mist was driving across them and the darkness was absolutely impenetrable.

    Monk Julian Corbett
  • In an hour the steamer swung from tropical heat (including prickly) to a cold raw fog, as wet as a Scotch mist.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • The sight of them brought tears to my eyes and carried me out of the Scotch mist back to dear old Maryland.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • One might as well inquire why one is so wet who has been out all night in a Scotch mist.

    Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith
  • The calumet—not of peace—was between his lips, and the dense blue clouds were wreathing round him like a Scotch mist.

    Guy Livingstone; George A. Lawrence
  • It is very often wrapped in cold, dense clouds for many hours together, so that the air is heavy with a sort of Scotch mist.

    The Pearl of India Maturin M. Ballou
  • Not a hard downpour, but a drifting "Scotch mist" that settled the snowdrifts and finally left them saturated with water.

  • It was a wet day, with occasional showers, and sometimes a sprinkling of Scotch mist.

    Letters of a Traveller William Cullen Bryant
  • We put on a thick overcoat if we are going to walk in a Scotch mist, to keep out the moisture.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
British Dictionary definitions for Scotch mist

Scotch mist

a heavy wet mist
Word Origin
C16: so called because it is common on Scottish hills
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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