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[dip-see-dood-l] /ˈdɪp siˈdud l/
noun, Slang.
a quick dipping, sliding motion of the body, as made by ball carriers in football to evade tacklers.
an act, movement, etc., to confuse, evade, or distract the attention of an opponent or competitor.
shady dealings; chicanery.
Origin of dipsy-doodle
First recorded in 1940-45; See origin at dip1, -sy, doodle1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Slang definitions & phrases for dipsy-doodle



  1. Fraud; deception; chicanery: I opened the front door, leaving the key in the lock. I wasn't going to work any dipsy-doodle in this place/ This dipsy-doodle allowed the Democratic candidate to preach a different sermon in every church
  2. A deceiver; swindler; con man: He's a marriage counselor, this dipsy-doodle
  3. dipsy-do (Sports)
  4. A fight with predetermined outcome; a fixed fight (Prizefight)
  5. A dance featuring dipping motions


  1. : That smooth chap might just have dipsy-doodled us
  2. To weave among players on the ice: Kurri dipsy-doodled down center ice to the net (Hockey)

[1940s+; most senses seem to have evolved fr the baseball dipsy-do, the semantic common thread being deception]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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