foefie slide, noun phrase

Forms:
fooffy slide, foofy slideShow more Also fooffy slide, foofy slide, fuffie slide, fuffy slide.
Origin:
Afrikaans, EnglishShow more Probably Afrikaans foefie stunt, trick + English slide a smooth or slippery surface for sliding on.
A slide formed of a rope or cable secured between two points (one higher than the other) enabling a rapid descent by one holding on to, and suspended beneath, an attached handle or pulley.
1970 J.F. Prinsloo Informant, Lüderitz (Namibia)Foefieslide. A wire between two trees, at one end higher than the other. A short piece of pipe is then used by boys to hold on while they slide from the highest to the lower end.
1973 Fair Lady 31 Oct. 40The foefie slide is a simple contraption...A thick wire or rope secured to the highest point in the vicinity, usually a tree, and then slung down, sometimes over water, to an arm-high point where it’s once again secured. A piece of iron pipe is threaded on to this rope or wire and you..launch yourself into space hanging from the pipe.
1982 Grocott’s Mail 13 Aug. 3 (caption)This foefie slide was one of the popular events at the Graeme College Fete.
1983 Daily Dispatch 6 Apr. 1Foofie slide to freedom. Two young East Berliners escaped to the West by shooting and suspending a steel cable more than 25m above the Berlin Wall and, using a pulley, gliding across to freedom.
1987 Fair Lady 4 Mar. 95The oak tree from which foefie slides have so often been intrepidly slung.
1989 E. Reid in Motorist Oct.Dec. 18Other facilities at Water Wonderland include a ‘foofie-slide’ made for sliding along a rope into the water below.
A slide formed of a rope or cable secured between two points (one higher than the other) enabling a rapid descent by one holding on to, and suspended beneath, an attached handle or pulley.
Derivatives:
Hence foefie-sliding noun, the riding of a foefie slide.
1974 Personality 29 Nov. 117Foofy-sliding may be great fun for the André de Beers of this world. But what about their poor mothers?

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