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."


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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