Definition of bosie in English:

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bosie

Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊzi/
(also bosey)

noun

Cricket
Australian term for googly.
Example sentences
  • Cricket, with its googlies, boseys, chinamen, silly legs, byes, sundries - the whole argot - was incomprehensible without deep explanation.

Origin

Early 20th century: from the name of Bernard J. T. Bosanquet (1877–1936), English all-round cricketer, + -ie.

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  • googly from early 20th century:

    One way to bowl a maiden over in cricket is to deliver a googly, a deceptive ball which bounces in the opposite direction from the expected one. The word is first recorded in 1903, but beyond that nothing is known about its origin. The Australian term for a googly, bosie, comes from the name of the English cricketer Bernard Bosanquet (1877–1936).

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