from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as shovel-board. 1 and 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a game in which coins or discs are slid by hand across a board toward a mark
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Then he drank a pint of beer and had a game of shove-halfpenny with a flight-lieutenant.
As it is an open secret that Lord ROBERT CECIL has been polishing up his "shove-halfpenny" in the billiard-room of the Hotel Majestic interesting developments are anticipated.
The favourite game of _shove-halfpenny_ was kept up till a late hour, when the party broke up highly delighted.
For her father's comfort, noting the sad wistful eyes that watched her coming in and going out, she had resigned herself to spend long melancholy hours within doors, reading aloud till Sir John fell asleep, playing backgammon -- a game she detested worse even than shove-halfpenny, which latter primitive game they played sometimes on the shovel-board in the hall.
Often and often I have mused quietly amid scenes where gamblers of various sorts were disporting themselves -- in village inns where solemn yokels played shove-halfpenny with statesmanlike gravity; in sunny Italian streets where lazy loungers played their queer guessing game with beans; in noisy racing-clubs where the tape clicks all day long; on crowded steamboats when
In any case the New Act should, if stringently administered, speedily put a stop to the too common and quite intolerable nuisance of young men and boys sprawling about the pavement, or in corners of the wharves by the waterside, and play ing at "pitch-and-toss, &" "shove-halfpenny, &" "Tommy Dodd, &" "coddams, &" and other games of chance.
A wooden target with one or two darts sticking in it hung on the end wall and invited the Robin Hoods of the village to try their skill; a system of incised marks on the oaken table made sinister suggestions of shove-halfpenny; and a large open box filled with white wigs, gaudily colored robes and wooden spears, swords and regalia, crudely coated with gilded paper, obviously appertained to the puerile ceremonials of the Order of Druids.
I toss a few cabers, and tiddle a wink occasionally, and I’m a very fair hand at shove-halfpenny.”