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Attributive Designating an acrobatic act or performance in which a supine acrobat juggles another with his or her feet; especially in "Risley act".
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Andrew Smith (1797–1872), army medical officer and naturalist. From the name of Richard RisleyCarlisle (performing name Richard Risley; 1814–74), American gymnast and circus performer who developed the act.
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