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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Definitions for dipsy-doodle

  1. Slang. a quick dipping, sliding motion of the body, as made by ball carriers in football to evade tacklers.
  2. Slang. an act, movement, etc., to confuse, evade, or distract the attention of an opponent or competitor.
  3. Slang. shady dealings; chicanery.

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Citations for dipsy-doodle
Martin carried 12 times for 40 yards, including an 8-yard dipsy-doodle on the second play of the game that he nearly broke open. Gerald Eskenazi, "Pro Football; Jets Have More Problems to Consider After the Loss," New York Times, August 16, 1998
I'm more likely to miss a nuance in the written word than I am in the spoken word. If someone is trying to do a verbal dipsy doodle around me, I don't miss it very often, because Henry Kissinger is the best dipsy-doodle artist in the world. Ted Koppel interviewed by Nancy Collins, "The Smartest Man on TV: Nancy Collins Interviews Ted Koppel," New York, August 13, 1984
Origin of dipsy-doodle
Dipsy-doodle entered English in the mid-1900s.
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