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Rigwoodie

Unyielding; stubborn. A rigwiddie is the chain which crosses the back of a horse to hold up the shafts of a cart (rig = back, withy = twig.)

Withered beldams, auld and droll,
Rigwoodie hags.

Burns: Tam O'Shanter.

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