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To do a slide on your bike or car around a corner. This should be as spectacular as possible!: Did you see Bazza do a broggie this morning?

Contributor's comments: Also used in Perth (also when you skid to a stop on your bike on a dusty track and it fishtails a bit).

Editor's comments: Perhaps this is a variant pronunciation of "Brockie" - i.e. to do a spectacular slide like Peter Brock might. Any confirmation?

Contributor's comments: Re: editor's comments: Definitely nothing to do with Peter Brock! This usage was current in Perth c. late 50s, early 60s, when I was a kid doing broggies on the treadly.

Editor's comments: Peter Brock started winning racing car championships in the 1970s, so clearly he cannot be the eponymous etymon of "broggie". That theory will have "Eat dirt!"

Contributor's comments: Queanbeyan Race Track has a Broggie competition - the photo indicates skid marks on the track.

Contributor's comments: In the small country town in the Great Southern region of WA, where I spent part of my childhood in the late 60's & early 70's, we commonly used the term "broggie" to refer to the skids we performed on our bikes (remember the good old Dragsters of those years?). In particular, used when we came to a sideways stop by letting the back wheel of the bike slide round in a half-circle, preferably as big and spectacular as possible without falling off!

Contributor's comments: I always associated BROGGIE with the word "broadside" and thought it was a slang contraction of a broadside skid when riding a bike.

Contributor's comments: "Brockie" was not known when we were using the word.

Contributor's comments: broggie in use in Claremont 6010 in late 1940's, early 50's.

Contributor's comments: I grew up in Perth in the early sixties and we used the term broggy to describe the type of slide marks your rear bike tyre leaves on the gravel. It was definitely not a brake skid mark! That was far too easy. To do a broggy you had to flick the rear end out a little as you cranked the bike on the side and then balanced the rear tyre drift with one leg out to pivot on as you came to a halt. Required great skill to do well. Ahh the memories....