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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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POKEY-HAT, n.comb. An ice-cream cone or cornet (m.Sc., Kcb. 1966).wm.Sc. 1958 Bulletin (25 July):
Uncle William is left to suck his pokey-hat on his own.
Gsw. 1990 John and Willy Maley From the Calton to Catalonia 1:
Picture it. The Calton. Fair Fortnight. 1937. Full of Eastern promise. Wimmen windaehingin. Weans greetin for pokey hats.
Sc. 1997 Herald (25 Jul) 18:
Where we choose to perform on our pokey hats is up to us; that we will be eating ice-cream at all this summer has rather less uncertainty about it.

[From colloq. Eng. hokey-pokey, ice-cream, + hat, from its resemblance to a dunce's cap. Cf. cappie, id.]

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