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  • n. Plural form of spillikin.

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  • n. a game in which players try to pick each jackstraw (or spillikin) off of a pile without moving any of the others


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  • Mrs Bosenna, seated at the head of her polished mahogany table and engaged upon a game of "spillikins" -- which is a solitary trial of skill, and consists in lifting, one by one, with a delicate ivory hook a mass of small ivory pieces tangled as intricately as the bones in a kingfisher's nest -- showed no more than a pretty surprise at the intrusion.

    Hocken and Hunken

  • Monique: Glad you mentioned "pick-up sticks" for I had completely forgotten to mention the name of the game (aka "spillikins")!

    mauvais perdant - French Word-A-Day

  • Monique: Glad you mentioned "pick-up sticks" for I had completely forgotten to mention the name of the game aka "spillikins"!

    mauvais perdant - French Word-A-Day

  • I throw in this explanation of "spillikins" to fill up a somewhat long and painful pause during which Cai and 'Bias without speech slowly questioned one another.

    Hocken and Hunken

  • It's called "Lustige Jagd" or "Chasse Joyeuse" and the instructions are in German and French; we called the game pick up sticks or spillikins.

    mauvais perdant - French Word-A-Day

  • The whole fabric that he had been building, like a game of spillikins in which one frail little bone is hooked on top of another, was dashed to the ground.

    The Years

  • Well, "said the captain, setting the course for Gentian's Star and clicking on the long-range detectors," we'll play for spillikins.

    The Wizard Of Karres

  • A bomb has torn open the side; there is still a birdcage hanging in what was presumably the sitting-room, but the rest of the house looks like nothing so much as a bunch of spillikins suspended in mid air.

    Three Guineas

  • At home there were card games to organize and billiard games and spillikins for the children and a few more energetic games, like hide-and-seek.


  • Josephine was summoned the next moment to play a game of spillikins with Augusta and Henrietta Winthrop.

    Unlikely Duchess


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