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The name of a dance mentioned in an old nursery rhyme A correspondent gave Halliwell the following lines of a very old song, the only ones he recollected:— Cannot you dance the Phcebe ? Don't you see what pains I take; Don't you see how my shoulders shake ? Cannot you dance the Phcebe ?
These words are somewhat of the same character as those of " Auntie Loomie," and are evidently the accompaniment of an old dance.
Pick and Hotch
The game of " Pitch and Toss."—Brogden's Provincial Words, Lincolnshire. It is called Pickenhotch in Peacock's Manley and Corringham Glossary.
A game in which one half of the players are supposed to keep a castle, while the others go out as a foraging or marauding party. When the latter are all gone out, one of them cries Pee-ku, which is a signal to those within to be on the alert. Then those who are without attempt to get in. If any one of them gets in without being seized by the holders of the castle, he cries to his companions, The hole's won ; and those who are within must yield the fortress. If one of the assailants be taken before getting in he is obliged to change sides and to guard the castle. Sometimes the guards are successful in making prisoners of all the assailants. Also the name given to the game of Hide and Seek.—Jamieson.
A boy's game [undescribed].—Patterson's Antrim and Down Glossary.
A game at marbles where a ring is made about four feet in diameter, and boys " shoot" in turn from any point in the