Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DABBIE, n. “A game of marbles in which the stakes are set in the angle at the foot of a wall” (Kcb.10 1939); “the object of the player was to hit with his marble those of the other players. Provided he caught his marble on the rebound, any removed from the ‘den' became his property. The same game was sometimes played with peeries” (Lnk.3 1939). Played with marbles, the game is known to Ags.2 1939, and with tops to Ayr.4 1928, Kcb.1 1939. Also dabback (Inv. 1947 (per Abd.27)) and dubback (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.).

[Cf. Dab, v.1, n.1, I. 2, II. 4 and 5.]

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