Thursday, 7 July 2011

Inches disnae breck squares

"Inches disnae breck squares in a load o' whins."
Meaning: In insignificant matters, minute discrepancies are of little consequence. 

The square referred to almost certainly refers to the military formation used by both the British and Roman armies among others. To break the square is also a military expression which means that an attack has managed to penetrate it.
A one-inch gap between the soldiers forming the square is of no consequence.

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