The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
& Ireland In Dictionary Form - Volume 2

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Push in the Wash Tub
A ring of girls is formed. Two go in opposite directions outside the ring, and try to get back first to the starting-point ; the one succeeding stops there, rejoining the ring, the other girl pushes another girl into the ring, or wash ttib, with whom the race is renewed.—Crockham Hill, Kent (Miss Chase).
Push-pin, or Put-pin
A child's play, in which pins are pushed with an endeavour to cross them. So explained by Ash, but it would seem, from Beaumont and Fletcher, vii. 25, that the game was played by aiming pins at some object.—Halliwell's Dictionary. " To see the sonne you would admire, Goe play at push-pin with his sire."
Metis Miracles, 1656, p. 15.
" Love and myselfe, beleeve me on a day, At childish push-pin for our sport did play."
—Herrick's Works, i. 22. There is an allusion to it under the name of put-pin in Nash's Apologie, 1593—
" That can lay down maidens bedds, And that can hold ther sickly heds; That can play at put-pin, Blow poynte and near lin." Two pins are laid upon a table, and the object of each player is to push his pin across his opponent's pin.—Addy's Sheffield Glossary.
See "Hattie," "Pop the Bonnet."
Push the Business On
I. I hired a horse and borrowed a gig, And all the world shall have a jig; And I'll do all 'at ever I can To push the business on.
To push the business on,
To push the business on;
And I'll do all 'at ever I can
To push the business on.
—North Kelsey, Anderby, and near the Trent, Nottinghamshire (Miss M. Peacock).

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