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  • n. A South Asian team sport in which players must hold their breath while making raids into the opposing team's half of the field.


From the Tamil word (கை-பிடி) "kai" (hand), "pidi" (catch), which could be translated into "Holding Hands". (Wiktionary)



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  • "I had always admired Hamid Bhai's ability to guess where the cut kite would alight, just as I admired his capacity to hold his breath for so long during our games of kabbadi."
    The Thing about Thugs by Tabish Khair, p 24

    December 19, 2012