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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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TIPPENY-NIPPENY, n. comb. Also tip'ney-nip'ney. A variety of leap-frog in which the leapers' caps are successively piled on the “frog's” back until finally one player knocks them off in leaping (Edb. 1910, Per., Fif., Lth. 1915–26 Wilson; em.Sc., Lnk., s.Sc. 1972). [′tɪp(ɪ)ne-′nɪp(ɪ)ne]

[Orig, doubtful. A reduplic. formation, phs. from tip, to touch lightly, assimilated to Tippenny above.]

Tippeny-nippeny n. comb.

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