also FLOGADRIFT, FLOKADRIFT
a haste, a hurry, speed ...Bk1866 Sc. obs.
from Norwegian dialect flog (Old Norse id.), (flight) + drift, (busyness, diligence);
the -a- may represent a reduced form of Norwegian og, and.
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1866 - FLUCKADRIFT, a haste, a hurry
From: An Etymological Glossary of the Shetland & Orkney Dialect
- Thomas Edmondston
An Etymological Dictionary of the Norn Language In Shetland,
(Jakob Jakobsen, 1928) notes the following under 'flogadrift':
"to be in a f., to rush off headlong; also, to be flighty, disorderly, careless"