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obs n. Obstruction in pat-ball, where a dim child would stumble into the field of play thus obtructing one from a fair play at the ball. Similar to "let" in tennis, but without the rackets. c.f. pat-ball UK

off ground touch n. a way of avoiding becoming "it" by being off ground when being touched or tagged. To avoid the boredom when everyone stood on the school wall (at St.Joseph's RC Primary School, Upminster), the '15count' rule was introduced where you could stay off ground for a count of 15 before you had to stand down again. UK (SE)

off-yer-face adj. Phrase used for those tripping on magic mushrooms. Those who were "off-their-face" could be easily spotted by others who partook in similar drug taking through some strange unspoken awareness. Alternately they could be spotted by anyone when they fall backwards off their chair in Biology Class and get taken to hospital to have their stomach pumped e.g. Gareth at Sandbach Skool, thereafter known to friends as "Mushy". c.f. magics UK (SE)

oggy n. somethng nasty but ficticious that boys caught off girls by kissing or touching them...similar to "the lurgie" cf. lurgy UK (NW)

oik n. member of the lower classes of the UK - especially anyone not English - e.g. one who tends to pronounce an (i) sound as (oi), cf. lurgy UK

ollie, ollie ollie n. As in the near legendary Playground song heard in Bedfordshire during the late 70's to mid 80's.

'Singin Ollie, Ollie, Ollie with the boobs on the trolley,
and the balls in the biscuit tin.
Your'e sitting on the grass with your fingers up your arse,
singin' Ollie, Ollie, Ollie
sing it again, sing it again,
singing Ollie, Ollie, Ollie
sing it again!!,

There was never a specific occasion for using this dittie but seemed to have been sung a lot just before final bell, so therefore could have been used as an expression of joy. circa 1970's - 80's UK (M)

ollie, ollie oxenfree... n. Used in the 1930s or '40s I believe; something children called out to one another, while playing tag? The contributor has always wanted to know what this means, and probably misspelled it. Any suggestions as to spelling and origins?? cf. UK

Oobtay n. cigarette f. probably from "tube" (reversed) an old term for a cigarette common in southern England UK (Sc)

oppo n. mate, friend, pal, butty - but ALWAYS in third person

Orange Balls n. A part of a cruel little game played in the playground. It consisted of a good few kids. All the kids would put their arms around each other until they were in a ring. Then they would chant in a sing song voice "Orange Balls. Orange Balls. The last one to sit down is out"

The last one to sit down was then required to go to one side as the rest of the kids would huddle together and think of the nastiest and most insulting thing that they could say about the left out kid. "X is smelly/thick/ugly" or even more damning "We hate X"

When decided upon, the kids would then form a circle around the left out kid, and then start chanting the chosen insult at the kid in the middle of the circle. Then the game would start all over again. , Kids are very cruel and masochistic. UK

ossified adj. very drunk, cf. bolloxed, langered, sloshed UK

outdoor n. term used in Birmingham for a place that sells liquor for consumption off the premises - known as an off-licence in the UK UK

oxy, oxfam adj. cheap and tatty looking f. corrupt. OXFAM, Oxford charity shop and the second-hand clothes therein. cf. oxymoron

oxymoron n. A cheaply-dressed spack. cf. caterpillar