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 Tag Rag, and Bobtail.Ta’herites (3 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Tag’hairm (2 syl.).
 
A means employed by the Scotch in inquiring into futurity. A person wrapped up in the hide of a fresh-slain bullock was placed beside a waterfall, or at the foot of a precipice, and there left to meditate on the question propounded. Whatever his fancy suggested to him in this wild situation passed for the inspiration of his disembodied spirit.   1
       
“Last evening-tide
Brian an augury hath tried,
Of that kind which must not be
Unless in dread extremity,
The Taghairm called.”
       
Sir Walter Scott: Lady of the Lake, iv. 4.
 


 Tag Rag, and Bobtail.Ta’herites (3 syl.). 

 
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