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noun (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
a splinter of wood, esp when embedded accidentally in the skin
a thin or diminutive person
Word Origin
from Scottish; see shelf
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  • They're her beuks maistly upo' the skelf there abune yer ain, Mr. Sutherlan'.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • It wasna an ill w'y to beery fowk, nor an ill place to gang til, for they aye biggit up the skelf, ye ken.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald

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