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  1. Scot to dig (out or up)
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Word Origin

C17: from earlier holk
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Historical Examples

  • Did his enemies wish to see him howk out her grave with his own hands?

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • Howk is perhaps the complaint to which my cattle are most liable.

  • Let us howk it up again, and send it forth with a new lease of life.

  • You can howk ony mortal thing out o' the original Hebrew, the which all ministers hae at their finger ends.

  • Bide here till I gang for John Armstrong and the other twa men that howk wi' him in the quarry.