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Marbles (and similar games ) :: Terms View Visualisation

Back-spangie Search Source: SND
A term used in the game of marbles. QUOT: A player calling out Back-spangie was entitled to move his marble in any direction to the distance of his own span in order to get into a more favourable position.

Backs Search Source: SND
A word used by schoolboys when playing marbles. QUOT: If when a boy was preparing to play, his opponent cried, “Full through the ring, knickle doon, nae backs,” the player must keep his knuckle close to the ground, and put force enough into his shot to send the “bool” through the ring, and was allowed only one shot (nae backs = no second shot). But if the player was first to cry “backs,” he claimed a second shot if the first was a failure.

Clearances Search Source: SND
A term in the game of marbles, denoting the removal of an obstacle. ‘Nae clearances!' ‘Hy! Clearances!'”.

Cock-shy Search Source: SND
A term in the game of marbles: “nae cock-shies”.

Fain coaksers Search Source: SND
Term in game of marbles. When a boy cries ‘Fain coaksers,' the player cannot lift the marble out of a hole”.

Greasers Search Source: SND
A term in the game of marbles.QUOT: Should a player's plunker come to rest a few inches from a wall he shouted “greasers” . . . When he next played, “greasers” meant that he would play with his back to the wall, and with his hand behind him play between his legs.

Hoisters Search Source: SND
A term in the game of marbles. QUOT: In the game of marbles, the playing of the “taw” from the knee. When there is only one marble left in the ring, the player has the option of “hoisers” or a “yaird”; if he chooses the latter, he plays on the ground a yard away from the marble.

Rollin spans Search Source: SND
A term in the game of marbles.

Spang Search Source: SND
A term in a game of marbles. QUOT: In playing marbles, you may have to play from the foot of a wall. You call out “span”, which gives you some 8 inches of space from the wall. But suppose your enemy cries out “knuckle in” before you claim “span”, you must play from the foot of the wall where your marble lies.

Stuntie Search Source: SND
A term in the game of marbles.

Troost Search Source: SND
A term used in a game of marbles. QUOT: Each player has a favourite ‘bool' with which he plays; it is the last to be ‘lost', and is usually lost three times before being surrendered. The first time lost, the winner has ‘ae troost' on the loser, and so on.

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