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  • n. Plural form of fife.


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  • Each man had a glass of port wine; and we then turned over the old newspapers which we found in the chests, and drew lots for the presents, which consisted of small musical instruments such as fifes, jew's-harps, trumpets, &c., with draughts and other games, puppets, crackers, &c.

    Christmas: Its Origin and Associations Together with Its Historical Events and Festive Celebrations During Nineteen Centuries

  • Then there are home-made fifes and whistles and drums, combs covered with paper, extemporized triangles, and bones made from ribs of salt horse such as negro minstrels use.


  • I plaster a smile on my face and leave it there as Darcy marches by with Kyle Anderson, both of them dressed as Minutemen and playing their fifes.

    Pies & Prejudice

  • While fifes and drums played a tactical role in pre-electronic war, communicating battlefield formations and establishing the rhythm of advance and retreat, popular music responded to the human consequences of battle.

    Bob Moses: The Songs They Carried: Music at War

  • That explained the men in period dress—three-cornered hats, fifes, and all—practicing a marching formation on the front lawn, in anticipation of the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington, as I pulled Red Rider to a halt.

    The King's Best Highway

  • They marched into town, two hundred strong, drums rattling and fifes piping, crossed Market Street, and halted outside the Friends Meeting House on Fourth Street.

    Robert Morris

  • They were savage - they had seen their army and navy sail away with drums beating and fifes tootling, and "Rule Britannia" playing, and the press promising swift and condign punishment for the Muscovite tyrant, and street-corner orators raving about how British steel would strike oppression down, and they were like a crowd come to a prize-fight where the two pugs don't fight, but spar and weave and never come to grips.

    The Sky Writer

  • The fifes struck a piercing trill, the cymbals crashed, and the ensemble continued down the street, yelling and cheering for the spokesman's words.


  • A fife and drum corp, with all the fifes playing the same melody

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • We may very well soon see streets full of young people wearing tri-corner hats, blowing on fifes, and beating snare drums.

    Grappling With Change: A Farewell to Summer and a Return to Arms


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