Probably from Chevy Chase, the scene of a battle celebrated in a number of early ballads.
chevy (plural chevies)
- A hunt or pursuit.
- to hunt or chase
- 1893: On the contrary, it seemed rather a piquant thing to us to chevy him about the playground and hit him over the shins with a wicket. — Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Naval Treaty’ (Norton 2005, p.666)