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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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DOONSIES, adv. In phr. fain doonsies, a term used when playing marbles, to denote that the player cannot take advantage of the slope (Mry. 1916 T.S.D.C. II.). See also Fend, v., 4. [′dunsiz]Mry. 1897 J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. 150:
Fain everything, fain a'thing, fain upsies an' fain doonsies.

[From Doon, adv.1, used substantivally, + pl. -s + dim. -ie.]

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