One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ditch or furrow.‘they probably threw it in a sheugh’
- ‘Sheep frighten easily when chased causing them to possibly run into nearby rivers, sheughs or undergrowth.’
- ‘The still will be cleaned and dumped behind a sheugh.’
- ‘Field boundaries—including hedgerows, drystone walls, and sheughs—are an iconic feature of Northern Ireland's rural landscape.’
- ‘At some point, I will lose my balance and topple off and over the edge and into the sheugh.’
- ‘I began to think about the time I had jumped the sheugh when I was only eight.’
Early 16th century: variant of sough ‘pool, ditch’, of obscure origin.
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