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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small stuffed puppet to be pelted in Lent; hence, a simple fellow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See Jack-o'-Lent.

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  • (Archaic) A figure of a man, set up to be pelted: an ancient form of the sport of "Aunt Sally," practiced during Lent. The figurative meaning of being the butt of a joke derives from this.

    Also, a puppet; an insignificant or contemptible person.

    October 21, 2008