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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FORE-CADIE, n. Also -cady (Sc. 1839 B. Darwin, etc. History of Golf in Brit. (1952) 33). Golf: a cadie who went on ahead of the player to watch where the ball fell.Sc. 1792 Scots Mag. (May) 223:
Andrew Dickson, a golf club maker, . . . said, that, when a boy, he used to carry the Duke's golf-clubs, and to run before him and announce where the balls fell. Dickson was then performing the duty of what is now commonly called a fore-cadie.
Fif. 1897 R. Forgan Golfer's Manual 82:
A competitor may not play with a professional, and he may not receive advice from anyone but his cadie. A fore-cadie may be employed.

[Fore-, 1. + Caddie, n.1, (4).]

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