play the dozens

play the dozens

and shoot the dozens
tv. to trade insulting remarks concerning relatives with another person. (see also (dirty) dozens.) They’re out playing the dozens. There’s a bunch of kids out there messing around shooting the dozens.
See also: dozen, play
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In a 1966 speech, Stokely Carmichael describes a shift in the rhetorical tactics of white racism since the advent of the Freedom Movement: "they couldn't say we were lazy and dumb and apathetic and all that anymore so they got sophisticated and started to play the dozens with us" ([1966] 1970, 471).
Chapter 11 attempts to explain why people play the dozens.
To doubt me on this one ( seduce my ancient footwear ( would be to play the dozens with one's uncle's cousin and be an absolute piggen de wiggen (see Pages 1248, 1109 and 1089).
To doubt me on this one would be to play the dozens with one's uncle's cousin and be an absolute piggen de wiggen (see pages 1109 and 1089).
Toure can write about the outsized paranoia of Biggie and DMX, play the dozens with Kanye West about his Jeffrey Hunter-like neckwear, tease about Eminem's Father Knows Best routine with his family and get some licks in on Diddy and Russell Simmons and their lofty ambitions.
To Bebop) Why'd you let them critics play the dozens with him?
Power Chess also includes an elegant collection of authentic chess sets and boards from around the world, upon which you may play the dozens of other built-in animated opponents.