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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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CAPEY-DYKEY, CAPPIE-, n. comb. A boys' game played with marbles, which were placed in a cap at the foot of a wall or “dyke” (Ags.1 1938, cappie-); also a game played with any kind of bouncing ball: “the player stands in front of a flattish wall or ‘dyke' and throws the ball obliquely to the ground so that it will rebound from this to the wall and thence in a parabola back to the player's hands, so that he catches it or ‘capes' it. If there is a pavement in front of the wall, a marble can be used” (Ags.17 1938). [′kepɪ̢-′dəiki, ′kɑpɪ̢-]Ags. 1896 J. Barrie Sentimental Tommy xii.:
When within one turn of Monypenny they came suddenly upon some boys playing at capey-dykey, a game with marbles that is only known in Thrums.

[Origin uncertain. The first element may be a dim. form of cape, a cap (see Caip, n.2), a variant of kypie (see Kype), or from cape, Ags. form of Kep, v.1, to catch; the second element is a dim. of dyke (see Dyke).]

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