leipien heitto

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leipien (of breads) + heitto (throw) - the resulting circles on the surface of the water look a bit like a row of round breads; a similar idiom is used in Swedish and in Russian (throwing blinis), but it's unclear whether they have a common origin. Note also John Higgins' definition from 1585: "A kind of sport or play with an oister shell or stone throwne into the water, and making circles yer it sinke, etc. It is called a ducke and a drake, and a halfe-penie cake."

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leipien heitto

  1. stone skipping, stone skimming, stone skiffing, playing ducks and drakes (act of throwing flat stones to the surface of water and trying to make them bounce)

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