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fah-fee, noun

Forms:
fafeh, fa-fiShow more Also fafeh, fa-fi, fah-fhee, and with initial capital(s).
Origin:
ChineseShow more Unknown, perhaps Chinese.
An illegal but widely-played gambling game taking the form of a lottery with thirty-six numbers, the winning number being selected in advance by the banker and revealed to the bet-collector in exchange for the stakes collected and a list of the bets placed. Also attributive. See also doh-die, pull.
Note:
Fah-fee was apparently introduced by Chinese immigrants. The banker (usually a person of Chinese descent) employs runners to collect bets. Superstition, dreams, and symbolism play important roles in the game, each number having a name, a symbol, and a part of the body associated with it.
1909 Rand Daily Mail 2 Oct. 7‘Fah Fee’ is a game of chance beloved by ‘the heathen Chinese’ and has rapidly become an absorbing passion among the coloured servants, male and female, of the town (sc. Kimberley).
1993 E. Prov. Herald 23 Apr. 7Fah-fee could have an annual turnover of R3bn to R5bn, the Howard Commission Report states...The evidence supported the conclusion that Fah-fee probably attracted as much money as horse-racing.
An illegal but widely-played gambling game taking the form of a lottery with thirty-six numbers, the winning number being selected in advance by the banker and revealed to the bet-collector in exchange for the stakes collected and a list of the bets placed. Also attributive.

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