from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird, as a woodcock, that hugs the ground closely.
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I was about to reply when Dave, the ground-keeper, called me to the door, saying there was a man to see me.
There stood the goals and the boundary-posts, and there was Granger, the ground-keeper, with a brand-new lemon-shaped ball under his arm.
The Westfield batsman who is to receive the first over is getting "middle"; our bowler is tucking up his sleeves, and gripping the brand-new ball in his hand; the ground-keeper is chasing a few small boys back behind the ropes; and the scorers in the big tent are dipping their pens in the ink.