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 Spooning,Sporran (Gaelic). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Spoony.
 
Lovingly soft. A seaphrase. When a ship under sail in a sea-storm cannot bear it, but is obliged to put right before the wind, she is said to “spoon;” so a young man under sail in the sea of courtship “spoons” when he cannot bear it, but is obliged to put right before the gale of his lady’s “eyebrow.”   1
 


 Spooning,Sporran (Gaelic). 

 
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