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A.Word.A.Day--dipsy doodle

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This week's theme: words from games and sports.

dipsy doodle (DIP-see DOOD-l) noun

1. The zig-zag motion of a ball in baseball or of a player in football.

2. An act performed to evade or distract.

[Perhaps from baseball or football.]

"'It would take a rather wild turn of events to keep it off the East Coast. ... It would have to do some kind of dipsy doodle,' says hurricane center forecaster Jack Beven."
Jack Williams; Hugo Turns Eye to East Coast; USA Today; Sep 20, 1989.

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