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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HUMFRA NELLIE, n.comb. A children's game, ? similar to leap-frog. Cf. Bonnetie, n.1, 3.w.Lth. 1949 J. Drummond Dark Shutters v.:
Barefooted children . . . playing their own game — bulls, stunks, beavers, Humfra Nellie.
Ib. xvii.:
They'd play “Humfra Nellie” ower the bonnet, and stunks with their bools against the disk wheels.

[The form is uncertain, phs. for humphie Nellie; cf. Humph, n.1, adj., v.1]

Humfra Nellie n. comb.

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