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  • n. An old country game, similar in some respects to cricket and rounders, and chiefly played by young men or women at Eastertide.
  • n. A ball used in the game of stool-ball.


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  • So he led away ye rest and left them; but when they came home at noon from their work he found them in ye street at play openly, some pitching ye bar, and some at stool-ball and such like sports.

    Woman's Life in Colonial Days

  • Two-old-cat differed from one-old-cat in having two batters at opposite stations, as in the old English stool-ball and the more modern cricket, while the fielders divided so that half faced one batter and half the other.

    Base-Ball How to Become a Player

  • On rainy days the Queen's maids were here accustomed to play at stool-ball.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned

  • Some were pitching the bar, some were playing at stool-ball, and such sports.

    Colonial Children

  • These recreations were, without doubt, competitions in running, leaping, jumping, and perhaps stool-ball, a popular game played by both sexes, in which a ball was driven from stool to stool or wicket to wicket.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England

  • But returning at mid-day and finding them playing pitch-the-bar and stool-ball in the streets, he told them that it was against _his_ conscience that they should play and others work, and so made them cease their games.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England

  • On the second Christmas, at Plymouth, we find some of the Pilgrims playing pitch-the-bar and stool-ball.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England

  • Her mean was this, though thought a stool-ball chance: 165

    Sixth Book

  • Kind service cannot be chucked from hand to hand like a shuttlecock or stool-ball.

    Ivanhoe. A Romance

  • Come, I know what I have heard them say, when some men had money that wrought hard enough for it; and do you conceive they will be better pleased when they shall be told that upon like occasions you are at mumchance or stool-ball?

    The Commonwealth of Oceana


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