Posted by James Briggs on August 29, 2000
In Reply to: Re:Childhood phrase posted by Angela on August 29, 2000
: Can anyone help with word/phrase "Feigh-nites" - "Fey-knights" or any other spelling - Phrase used when we were children to interrupt a game - any ideas??
Here's what the Cassell Dictionary of Slang says:
fains!/fains I!/fain I!/fainits!
excl. [mid-19C+) (juv.) a call for a truce during a game, or a statement that one is ineligible for a given duty or command. (SE fen: to forbid, ult. ? f. fend, forbid)