One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounusually in phrase do a broggy
A sharp turn or slide in a vehicle.‘we wheeled around the car park doing broggies’
- ‘They put their gings in their pockets and rode off on their bikes to the corner shop, doing broggies.’
- ‘Safety Nazis don't like kids doing that these days, as the dust kicked up during the broggy is seen as an environmental hazard.’
- ‘It reminded me of when we used to do broggies as kids in the gravel.’
- ‘He sees me and the old duck walking next to me, slams on the rear brake, throws a broggy and skids around us.’
- ‘I managed to hold the slide (making all those broggies on gravel as a kid worthwhile).’
1970s: possibly an alteration of US slang brodie, ‘a spin made by a skidding vehicle’, ultimately from Steve Brodie, a US daredevil who jumped from Brooklyn Bridge in 1886.
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