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  • A call for a truce by one who has fallen in wrestling or play; a request for a time-out.

    . . . do not go

    To fight, lest ye, when canons rumble,

    With shame for fear, cry barlafumble.

    -- A Book of Scotish Pasquils, ed. by J. Maidment (1868)

    February 2, 2007