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

With Tunes(sheet music), Singing-rhymes(lyrics), Methods Of Playing with diagrams and illustrations.

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ST AGGING—STICKY-STACK                     215
A man's game. Two men have their ankles tied together and their wrists tied behind their backs. They then try to knock each other down.—Patterson's Antrim Glossary.
See " Hirtschin Hairy."
Steal the Pigs
The game represents the stealing of a woman's children and the recovery of them. The mother, before beginning to wash, disposes of her children in a safe place. She proceeds to do her washing. While she is busy a child-snatcher comes and takes away one. The others begin to cry. The mother hears them crying. She goes and asks the reason of their crying, and is told that a woman came and took away one of them. She scolds and beats them all; tells them to be more careful for the time to come, and returns to her washing. Again the children cry, and the mother goes to see what is the matter with them, and is told the same thing. She repeats her admonition and bodily correction, and returns to her work. This process is re­peated till all the children are stolen. After finishing her washing, she goes to her children and finds the last one gone. She sets out in search of them, and meets a woman whom she questions if she had seen her children. She denies all knowledge of them. The mother persists, and at last discovers all her stolen children. She demands them back. The stealer refuses, and puts them behind her and stands on her defence. A tussel takes place. The mother in the long run rescues her children.—Fraserburgh (Rev. W. Gregor).
See " Mother, Mother, Pot boils over," " Witch."
Stealy Clothes
See " Scots and English."
Steik and Hide
The game of Hide and Seek.—Aberdeen (Jamieson).
A game among young people in running up the face or cut part of a hay-stack to try who can put in a stick the highest.— Brockett's North Country Words.

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