from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A boys' game in which each player in turn throws a knife from a series of positions, continuing until he fails to make the blade stick in the ground.
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- noun a game in which players throw or flip a jackknife in various ways so that the knife sticks in the ground
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In school-days and in town he acknowledged the sway of those mysterious and irresistible forces which produce tops at one season, and marbles at another, and kites at another, and bind all boyish hearts to play mumble-the-peg at the due time more certainly than the stars are bound to their orbits.
"To play mumble-the-peg with some boys: Haile Tabb's boys."
There were shade-trees all along the street, that you could climb if you wanted to, or that you could lie down under when you had run yourself out of breath, or play mumble-the-peg.
If you wanted to play mumble-the-peg, or anything, while your kite was up, you tied it to a stake in the ground, or gave it to some other fellow to hold; there were always lots of fellows eager to hold it.
The summer outdoor games were mumble-the-peg, high-spy, snap - the-whip, a rather dangerous performance, in which a long row of boys, with the biggest boy at one end, and tapering down to the smallest at the other end, would run over a field or open space until suddenly the big boy would stop, turn half around, and stand still and hold fast with all his might.
Boys were crouched on the earth playing mumble-the-peg.
_mumble-the-peg_, because, as he said, you could sit down to play it.