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

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TIP-TAP-TOE
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The second way of playing is to make four, six, or eight holes in the ground in a circular direction, and at equal distances from each other, at every hole is placed a player with his bludgeon: one of the opposite party who stand in the field tosses the cat to the batsman who is nearest him, and every time the cat is struck the players are obliged to change their situations, and run once from one hole to another in succession ; if the cat be driven to any great distance they continue to run in the same order, and claim a score towards their game every time they quit one hole and run to another; but if the cat be stopped by their opponents and thrown across between any two of the holes before the player who has quitted one of them can reach the other, he is out.
Mr. Kinahan says there is among old Irish games one some­times called cat, played with three or more players on each side, two stones or holes as stations, and a lobber, but the regular cat is played with a stick four inches long, bevelled at each end, called the cat. This bevelled stick is laid on the ground, and one end hit with a stick to make it rise in the air, when it is hit by the player, who runs to a mark and back to his station. The game is made by a number of runs; while the hitter is out if he fails three times to hit the cat, or if he is hit by the cat while running.—(Folk-lore Journal, ii. 264.) The common game of " tip-cat " was called cat-and-kitten by Dorset children. The long stick represented the " cat " and the small pieces the " kitten."—(Folk-lore Journal, vii. 234.) Elworthy (West Somerset Words) calls it Stick and Snell. Brogden (Provincial Words, Lincolnshire) gives it as tip-cat, as does Lowsley (Berkshire Glossary), also Trippit and Coit, and Trippit and Rack in some parts of the North.—Brockett's North Country Words. Once commonly played in London streets, now forbidden.
See "Cudgel," "Waggles."
Tip-tap-toe.
A square is drawn having nine smaller squares or houses within it. Two persons play. They alternately make the one a square and the other a cross in any one of the







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