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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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UPSIES, In excl. phr. fain upsies an' fain doonsies, a call in marbles to preclude a player from taking advantage of a slope (Mry. 1916 T.S.D.C. II.). See Doonsies and Fend, v. 4.Mry. 1897 J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. 150:
A' richt then. Fain. Fain everything, fain a'thing, fain upsies an' fain doonsies.

[From Up, used subst., + pl. -s + dim. -ie. ]

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