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1. Scots A magic spell; a witch's trick.
2. Chiefly British A deceptive move; a sham.
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1. a magic spell
2. (often plural) a mischievous trick
(of an effect) produced by black magic
[C18: Scottish, of unknown origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. Chiefly Scot. a magic spell; trick by sorcery.
2. Chiefly Brit. artful shamming meant to deceive.
[1710–20; appar. dissimilated variant of Old English calcatrippe; see caltrop]
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A Scottish word for a magic spell.
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