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mcurrent
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:57:49 AM

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Hi, in my kids book the is the text:

To my surprise, instead of a screaming fastball, Maddox served up a pork chop that I swatted straight at Tiffany. She was so surprised by it that she stuck up her racket and missed. 3-1, us. I figured we were in good shape, but whaen Maddox hit his second serve to my backhand, I managed to only dribble it to our net.
3-2, our favor.
We switched courts. We needed only two more points to win. They needed three.
It was Bryce's serve, and he sidled up to me as we walked past the benches. "What do you say we try the dipsy do?"
I chuckled. "Might work."


What does "we try the dipsy do" mean? And what full question "What do you say we try the dipsy do?" mean?
Thanks in advance.
FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 8:24:44 AM

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it might be this one:

dipsy-do
noun

A curve ball that dips sharply; a downcurve : [Babe Ruth] had good stuff, a good fast ball, a fine curve, a dipsy-do that made you think a little (1940s+ Baseball)



dypsy-do



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IMcRout
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:36:46 AM

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That's probably where the saying originates. As they are apparently playing tennis, I suppose it's a kind of ball with a lot of spin to confuse the recipient.

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mcurrent
Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 1:41:38 AM

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Thank you very much for your help, IMcRout and FROSTY X RIME.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 3:20:47 AM

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Hi!
I didn't know that meaning of 'dipsy-do' - interesting!

To answer the second question - the phrasing "What say we . . .?" is (I think) just a contraction of "What do you say to the idea that we . . .?"

It is not unknown - but you will not hear it often.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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