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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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LEEPS, n. A call in the game of marbles (see quot.), phs. the pl. of an unrecorded leep, a kind of marble.Ags. 1887 J. McBain Arbroath 340:
Bools are still so much played by the boys that any description we might attempt to give of the games of chasie, deggie, or spangie would only betray our ignorance of their intricacies … The firm “plunk” from that finger and thumb, and those steady knuckles, the click of the concussing bools, the cries of “leeps” and “peety” and “peety-clear” were as muscial to the boys as are the “canon”, “hard lines”, and other phraseology of the billiard-room to their seniors.

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