from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A traditional children's toy consisting of a wooden cup with a handle, and a ball attached to the cup by a string.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The toy called cup and ball.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gardener's measuring-cord or -line.
- n. The toy called cup-and-ball.
- n. An 8-inch mortar for throwing shells.
- n. An implement for curling hair.
Placing the hand over his eye, he fixed the other piercingly on the bilboquet and gave the ivory cup a toss.
Jamie was holding a bilboquet in one hand, and had the other poised over one eye.
Jamie reached over and took the bilboquet from the boy.
He shook his head, and reached out a hand for the bilboquet.
The boy, understanding none of the English in which these exchanges were conducted, ignored them, intent on trying to work the bilboquet with one eye closed.
I saw the boy Fergus's eyes focus at a spot somewhat past the bilboquet, where a tray of iced cakes stood on a table near the wall.
Fergus, apparently hardened to the sight of female limbs, ignored me altogether, concentrating grimly on the bilboquet.
The child Fergus, after a brief, incurious glance at us, had resumed his trials with the bilboquet.
"Oh, yes; just as I admire great bilboquet players," said he, in that tone of his, which rendered everything he said diverting.
Now he was yelling like an Indian, this celebrated composer of ballets, as he swung a little peasant maid of ten in a creaky swing beyond the pool -- a dear little maid with eyes as dark as Alice's, who screamed from sheer delight, and insisted on that good fellow playing all the games that lay about them, from _tonneau_ to _bilboquet_.
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