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Gillie

(g hard). A servant or attendant; the man who leads a pony about when a child is riding. A gillie-wet-foot is a barefooted Highland lad.

“These gillie-wet-foots, as they were called, were destined to beat the bushes.” —Sir Walter Scott: Waverley, chap. xiii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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