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EEKSIE-PEEKSIE, -Y, adj. On an equality, much alike, six and half a dozen (Ags. 1808 Jam.). Gen.(exc. I.)Sc. Also ix(e)y-pix(e)y (Abd. 1882 W. Forsyth Sel. from Writings 24; Per. 1902 E.D.D.); icksy-picksy (ne.Sc. 1909 J. Alexander in Abd. Free Press (19 Nov.); Abd.27 1949); ecksie-pecksie (Bnff. 1927 Mr Milne W.-L.); eeksie picksie; eiksupicksy. Abd. 1824  G. Smith Douglas 77:
I'm eeksie picksie here as weel as you. Ye've done your part o' this foul play, I see, But wadna play'd this proteck wartna me.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin viii.:
I beheld my faither an' his brethern o' the eldership rakin' at their eeholes, whilk was as muckle as to say, that we were a' eeksie-peeksie for ance.
Abd. 1929  P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Review (March) 129–130:
An' everyone most tak' a han', so 'at they war a' a kin' o' eeksy peeksy an' neen cud craw ower idder.

Hence eiksupicksy, v., to argue, to bandy words. Abd. 1915  H. Beaton Back o' Benachie 27:
It's richt gweed for the flipe tae be eident, sae I winna eiksupicksy wi' ye, lassie.

[A reduplicative formation from equal. Cf. Equal-aqual.]

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