fooffy slide, foofy slideShow more Also fooffy slide, foofy slide, fuffie slide, fuffy slide.
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.
1970J.F. PrinslooInformant, 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.
1973Fair 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.
1982Grocott’s Mail 13 Aug. 3 (caption)This foefie slide was one of the popular events at the Graeme College Fete.
1983Daily 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.
1987Fair Lady 4 Mar. 95The oak tree from which foefie slides have so often been intrepidly slung.
1989E. Reid inMotorist Oct.–Dec. 18Other facilities at Water Wonderland include a ‘foofie-slide’ made for sliding along a rope into the water below.
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