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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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DORMIE, -Y, adj. Of players in the game of golf: as many holes up on one's opponent as still remain to be played. Gen. used with a number, e.g. dormie two.Sc. 1847 R. Chambers Poet. Rem. (1883) 63:
He may be dormy ere the burn be passed.
Sc. 1875 in [R. Clark] Golf 189:
Cadies cried them dormy at the burn!
Sc. 1949 Bulletin (27 May):
Turnesa went into his first lead at the fifteenth with a 3, and after two halves came to the last hole dormie.

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