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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PILLY, n. A boys' game. Cf. Pillow, n., 2.Ags. 1896 Barrie Sentimental Tommy xiv.:
Monypenny was willing to let him join in . . . pilly, or whatever game was in season.
Ags. 1896 Barrie M. Ogilvy ii.:
He knocked down houses, and there we were crying “Pilly!” among the ruins; he dug trenches, and we jumped them.

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