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- v. To throw weighted sticks at small animals; to throw anything about awkwardly or irregularly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To throw sticks at cocks; to throw anything about awkwardly or irregularly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disk or counter used in the game of squails.
- n. plural A game in which disks or counters are driven by snapping them from the edge of a round board or table at a mark in the center.
- n. plural Ninepins.
- To throw a stick, loaded stick, disk, fiat stone, or other object at a mark: often applied to the throwing of sticks at cocks or geese on Shrove Tuesday, a sport formerly popular in England.
- To aim at, throw at, or pelt with sticks or other missiles.
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These easterly rains, when they do come, which is not often, come wi 'might enough to squail a man into his grave.'
In Pieter Bruegel the Elder's "The Harvesters" 1565, from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, tiny background figures can be seen throwing sticks at a tied-up goose in a game called squail.
These easterly rains, when they do come, which is not often, come wi’ might enough to squail a man into his grave.’