sadie hawkins day

Sadie Hawkins

noun
1.
Also called Sadie, Sadies. a party, dance, or other social event, especially one held annually among high school or college students, to which each girl escorts the boy of her choice, or invites him to escort her.
2.
a day (Sadie Hawkins Day) or night, often in November, when such an event or events are held.

Origin:
1939, Americanism; after the race held on Sadie Hawkins Day (in the cartoon strip Li'l Abner by Al Capp), in which single women pursued bachelors

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Sadie Hawkins
1939, from name of character in U.S. cartoon strip "Li'l Abner," by Al Capp (1909-1979); in ref. to a day in early November in which women take the lead in romantic matters.
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