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 Chivairy.Chivy or Chivvy. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Chiv’y.
 
A chase in the school game of “Prisoners’ Base” or “Prison Bars.” Probably a gipsy word. One boy sets a chivy, by leaving his bar, when one of the opposite side chases him, and if he succeeds in touching him before he reaches “home,” the boy touched becomes a prisoner.   1
 


 Chivairy.Chivy or Chivvy. 

 
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