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- v. to decide at random; especially by drawing (selecting randomly between) straws, sticks etc. Typically, whoever draws the short straw from among a selection of longer straws must complete some undesirable task
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I had much difficulty to forbear laughing at this unmeaning scheme; but saw, to my great surprise, not the least change of countenance in any other person: and, since we came home, Mrs. Selwyn has informed me, that to draw straws is a fashion of betting by no means uncommon.