Gardyloo

Interjection

  • (Scotland, obsolete) Used by servants in medieval Scotland to warn passers-by of waste about to be thrown from a window into the street below. The term was still in use as late the 1930s and 1940s, when many people had no indoor toilets.

Noun

  • (Scotland, historical) A cry of "gardyloo".
  • (figuratively) Caution, warning.
  • An act of discarding waste or some other substance from a height. Also attributive and figurative.

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