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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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DEIL-CHAP, n. comb. (See quot.)Mry., Bnff. 1825 Jam.2 s.v. chow:
In the beginning of each game [of chow (see Chow, n.2)], they are allowed to raise the ball a little above the level of the ground, that they may have the advantage of a surer stroke. This is called the Deil-chap.

[Prob. from deal, to throw in, serve the ball, esp. in hurling, + Chap, n.3, a stroke.]

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