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  • n. A children's game, similar to hopscotch, especially popular in New York.
  • n. The puck used in this game, usually made of a flattened tin can.


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  • And, as I remember, kids used a tin badge, also called a potsy, in the kind of game you describe.

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  • - Hopscotch might be "potsy" in Manhattan or "sky blue" in Chicago.

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  • “I sat down for a while in a playground,” wrote Saul Bellow in his 1956 Seize the Day, “…to watch the kids play potsy and skip rope.”

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  • As a little girl growing up in the Bronx up the street from the courthouse, my friends and I played both potsy and hopscotch.

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  • In potsy, we tossed our keys stones rolled too much into the numbered square, then hopped around the grid and picked them up.

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  • When we began to tire, we played potsy, a form of hopscotch, on the sidewalk, leisurely jumped rope, rolled marbles, played jacks, or flipped cards against the stoop to see who could come closest to the bottom stair without actually hitting it.

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  • Ev'ry little Nazi's shootin 'pool or playin' potsy On the Mittel-werk Ex-press!

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  • I don't know how any one can put up with them at all; with their potsy-wotsy, and pucksie-ducksie, and general stickiness.

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  • penny poker hop scotch - with the chalk numbered boxes and jumping potsy - a hop scotch variant skelly - kind of like marbles with checkers: toss into the numbered squares in sequence, knock opponent's pieces out of the squares.

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  • New York kids, like others in the northeastern United States, play potsy, the word derived from a marble of baked clay that the Oxford English Dictionary notes is “a fragment of pottery played with in hopscotch” when you don’t have a skate key, which is now an antique.

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