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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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BEDS, BEDDIES, n. The spaces chalked on the pavement for the playing of the game Peevers, q.v., or Hopscotch. The game itself. Also beddacks (Cai. 1972 D. Omand Cai. Book 242). Beddie also denoted the slate, block of wood, or the like, kicked by the foot in the game (Abd. 1920).[bɛdz, ′bɛdĕz, ′bɛdiz]Sc. 1976 Roderick Watson True History on the Walls 29:
so I never skipped at hopscotch peevers beddies in Aberdeen but fell for Rommel at the bottom of the garden...
Mearns 1929 J. B. Philip Weelum o' the Manse 31:
Bools for the boys, skipping ropes for the girls, beddies, peeries — each had a place in the circling year.
Fif. 1985 Christopher Rush A Twelvemonth and a Day 75:
Breaking school rules, we would scale the wall, and watch the girls playing at their beds, their skipping-ropes, their rhymes and roundelays.
Lth. a.1885 “J. Strathesk” More Bits from Blinkb. (1885) 33:
The “lassies' games” were . . . the “pickies” (or the “beds,” or the “Pall-all”) . . . and the “Chucks.”
m.Lth. 1897 P. H. Hunter J. Armiger's Revenge viii.:
She was a girl again . . . playing at “the beds” in the village street.
Dmf. 1894 J. Shaw in Trans. Dmf. Gall. Antiq. Soc. 143:
Beds, hop-scotch . . . but in Renfrewshire the game is known as the Peeverals.

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