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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

SHEEVIE, n. In marbles: the trick of taking undue advantage by thrusting the fist forward when firing the marble (Lnk. 1927–69).Gsw. 1958 C. Hanley Dancing in Streets 53:
When two jauries landed close together, if it was your turn, you tried to shout 'Sheevies' before your opponent could shout 'High pots!' or even 'Knucklies!'

[Deriv. of Shuve, shove, sim. used in Eng., with vowel conformed to Nieve, n., 6.]

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