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circumference, keeping such marbles as they may knock out of the ring, but loosing their own " taw" if it should stop within.—Lowsley's BerksJiire Glossary. See " Ring Taw."
A sport among children in Fife. An egg, an unfledged bird, or a whole nest is placed on a convenient spot. He who has what is called the first pill, retires a few paces, and being provided with a cowt or rung, is blindfolded, or gives his promise to wink hard (whence he is called Winkle), and moves forward in the direction of the object, as he supposes, striking the ground with the stick all the way. He must not shuffle the stick along the ground, but always strike perpendicularly. If he touches the nest without destroying it, or the egg without breaking it, he looses his vice or turn. The same mode is observed by those who succeed him. When one of the party breaks an egg he is entitled to all the rest as his property, or to some other reward that has been previously agreed on. Every art is employed, without removing the nest or egg, to mislead the blindfolded player, who is also called the Pinkie.—Jamieson. See " Blind Man's Stan."
The game of " Pitch-Halfpenny," or " Pitch and Hustle."— Halliwell's Dictionary. Addy (Sheffield Glossary) says this game consists of pitching halfpence at a mark.
See "Penny Cast," "Penny Prick."
A child's peep-show. The charge for a peep is a pin, and, under extraordinary circumstances of novelty, two pins.
I remember well being shown how to make a peep or poppet-show. It was made by arranging combinations of colours from flowers under a piece of glass, and then framing it with paper in such a way that a cover was left over the front, which could be raised when any one paid a pin to peep. The following words were said, or rather sung, in a sing-song manner:—
A pin to see the poppet-show,
All manner of colours oh !
See the ladies all below. —(A. B. Gomme).