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hooky bob v phr, hence freq vbl n hooky bobbing, also hooky bobbins Also sp hookey bob chiefly NW Cf bum-riding vbl n
To hold onto a moving vehicle so as to be towed along over snow or ice.
1965 Bowen Alaskan Dict. (Tabbert Alaskan Engl.) 18, Hookey Bob. . . To hook rides on the back of moving vehicles and slither along the ice road on the soles of one’s boots. 1967 DARE (Qu. EE24b, When children go down hill on a sled) Inf OR10, Hooky bobbin’—when you attach sled to car; (Qu. EE26, . . Games . . children play in the snow) Inf MA71, Hooking rides; WA22, Hooky bobbing—hold on to fender of car, slide, squatting with shoes sliding. 1968–87 DARE File ID, Hooky bobbing—after a snow when the streets still had snow on them, we used to hook on bumpers of cars or trucks and squat down for a ride. The trick of this was to stay on for a block or so without being caught. It was more exciting when the car swerved; Ibid, Hanging on the back of a vehicle and being pulled along on the surface of ice or snow; Ibid (as of 1964), My college roommate, an Idaho native, told of “hooky bobbing” in Twin Falls, Idaho. Kids would grab on to the bumper of a car and be pulled along on the snow on their feet; Ibid cnUT, sID, Hooky bobbing—hanging on the back bumper of a car and skiing on one’s shoes on slippery pavement; Ibid seWA, Growing up in Pullman [WA] . . we referred to hanging on to back bumpers of cars moving on snow/ice as “hooky bobbing”. 1974 in 1981 Tabbert Alaskan Engl., [Newspaper article:] “Hooky bobbing,” which occurs when a child grabs hold of the rear bumper of a car to slide along behind it, is very dangerous. 1983 DARE File ID ( . . Games children play in the snow) Hooky bobbins.