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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FIVES, Also in dim. forms, sing. fivey; pl. fiveacks (Inv. 1951), fivies (Mry., Ags., Wgt. 1951) and in comb. five stanes (Fif. 1950). The game of Chucks (see Chuck, n.2, 2.) played with five stones or pebbles.Bnff. 1857 Bnff. Jnl. (25 April 1916):
The time left available was spent in the resting game of “Five Stanes.”
Ags. 1896 Barrie Sentimental Tommy xxxvii.:
The smaller girls of Monypenny were sitting in passages playing at fivey.
Ags. 1914 I. Bell Country Clash 165:
Nae wumman has a richt to toss up an' shuffle aboot her hert like a bairn playin' at the five stanes.
Ags. 1921 A. S. Neill Carroty Broon x.:
They had silly games — fives or chuckies, for instance, where they sat by a mound of sand and threw up five little stones, and caught them on the back of the hand.
Rs. 1948 N. M. Gunn Silver Bough xix.:
“What's five-stones?” “Och, just a lassies' game!”

Hence fivesie, a variant of the game in which two stones are thrown in the air while the rest are being picked up (Ags.19 1952).

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