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Derived from the first line of a poem recited when playing the game.


nievie-nievie-nick-nack (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) A game of Scottish origin in which one person would try to guess the hand in which another person was holding an object.
    • 2010, Neil Baker, G Day: Please God, Get Me Off the Hook, page 261:
      Do you think you could round up four others so we could have a numinous go at it, and nievie-nievie-nick-nack in one another's ear?

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