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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HATTIE, n. Also hatty. The name of various games played with a hat or cap (see quots.) (Cai., ‡Per. 1956). Cf. Bonnetie.Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 255:
Hattie. . . . A game with preens, pins, on the crown of a hat; two or more may play; each lay on a pin, then with the hand they strike the side of the hat, time about, and whoever makes the pins by a stroke cross each other, lift those so crossed.
Edb. 1901 Sc. Antiquary XVI. 49:
“Bonnety” and “Knify,” for instance, are the “Hatty” and “Knifey” which in the old days the Edinburgh Academy once knew so well.
Per. 1910 Scotsman (9 Sept.):
“Hatty, or hatty and run” Game where a ball has to be rolled into a cap, and when it gets in all the players have to run to a fixed spot, the “hat” man having to take out ball and hit one of them; if hit, he becomes the “hat” man.

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