chuck-farthing love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A play in which a farthing is pitched or chucked into a hole.


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  • ‘I should add that it’s about as safe as playing chuck-farthing at the Loos Cross-roads, the day you and I went in.


  • He understands all manner of games from chess down to chuck-farthing, sings a good song, plays upon the violin, and dances a hornpipe with surprising agility. —

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • A Judge may play a little at cards for his amusement; but he is not to play at marbles, or at chuck-farthing in the Piazza.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • Lord Dalgarno, “playing at hustle-cap and chuck-farthing with the most blackguard imps upon the wharf, unless he hath foregone his old customs.”

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Suppressed two illegal apple-stalls in the Minories, and took up a couple of young black-legs, whom I detected playing at chuck-farthing on Saffron-hill.

    Punch, or the London Charivari. Volume 1, July 31, 1841

  • This NOWHERE (so very indefinite) the master construed into _anywhere_ in the streets, playing at marbles, top, or chuck-farthing; but of the true place he had not the most distant conception.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Volume I, Number 3

  • Tom is a man of few words, but an excellent hand at a song, concerning the boatswain's whistle, husslecap, and chuck-farthing -- there is not such another pipe in the country.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 08 — Fiction

  • 'I should add that it's about as safe as playing chuck-farthing at the


  • Half a mile down-stream, where Haviland's camp began, the men of the nearest picket were playing chuck-farthing.

    Fort Amity

  • Perceiving that John was indisposed to quarrel, he went wearily back to his chuck-farthing.

    Fort Amity


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  • a game involving throwing small coins

    December 16, 2008