Posted by Word Camel on May 15, 2002
In Reply to: Not in OED posted by DGW on May 14, 2002
: : : Has anyone come across this phrase - may be derived from Welsh/Gaelic. My recolection was it meant to be scrammed or scratched by a cat. Spag/Spagged
: : The Oxford English Dictionary (1st ed.) has no "spag."
: "Concise Scots Dictionary" shows "spag" = "paw, hand, foot", from Gaelic "spag" = "claw, paw, (animal's) foot". No verb like "claw" listed, but it seems likely related.
You should send it to the OED. I'm sure they'd be pleased to have it.