from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Hallowe'en pastime of ‘ducking for apples’ while they float in a tub of water, or trying to bite one as it swings from a string. See bob-cherry.
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But Willy adored his grandfather, especially at holiday times; for besides presents, they were sure to have games in the big dining-room, such as blindfold, or "Wood-man blind," bob-apple, and snap-dragon.
It is better than making them play bob-apple on the evil tree. "