Definitions

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  • v. To throw weighted sticks at small animals; to throw anything about awkwardly or irregularly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To throw sticks at cocks; to throw anything about awkwardly or irregularly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw a stick, loaded stick, disk, fiat stone, or other object at a mark: often applied to the throwing of sticks at cocks or geese on Shrove Tuesday, a sport formerly popular in England.
  • To aim at, throw at, or pelt with sticks or other missiles.
  • n. A disk or counter used in the game of squails.
  • n. plural A game in which disks or counters are driven by snapping them from the edge of a round board or table at a mark in the center.
  • n. plural Ninepins.

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Examples

  • These easterly rains, when they do come, which is not often, come wi 'might enough to squail a man into his grave.'

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • In Pieter Bruegel the Elder's "The Harvesters" 1565, from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, tiny background figures can be seen throwing sticks at a tied-up goose in a game called squail.

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  • These easterly rains, when they do come, which is not often, come wi’ might enough to squail a man into his grave.’

    The Hand of Ethelberta

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  • "There were buzzards squatting among the old carved wooden corbels and he picked up a stone and squailed it at them but they never moved".

    --Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

    April 18, 2009

  • I'll squage myself!

    February 2, 2007

  • Two meanings, as a verb: to make a shrill noise, or to throw a stick or missile at something.

    "AAAAAAAAGH!!" she squailed. "You've squaged my pants!" She turned and squailed a squab at the squalid squire.

    February 2, 2007