from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A lottery game popular in France and in the southern United States.
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- noun a
lotteryin which winning ticketsare drawn from a revolving drum
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- noun a lottery in which tickets are drawn from a revolving drum
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These pantaloons were made of a goat's skin; the long white wool, inches in length, left on and hanging down below the knees of the man, gave him a Pan-like look, and with the word tombola, suggested the lines of that good old song -- save the maledictory part of it:
Tickets for a chance at this A tombola is a kind of raffle. miscellaneous collection sold for one dollar each.
The tombola was a grand, an overwhelming success; without one dollar of outlay -- the buildings and necessary printing bad been donated -- we made six thousand dollars.
But behind the trays of iced fairy cakes and lovingly labelled tombola items, prospective parents are scouring the stalls for clues of the school's strengths and weaknesses.
Even the act of pulling names from a tombola has a liberal helping of hoopla in the world of football.
In heart-rending scenes in Waiting for Superman, which was directed by An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim, parents and children are shown watching as numbered balls are pulled out of a tombola.
A sort of jaunty 1920s army major: monocle, huge moustache, laugh like a tombola full of excitable ducks.
You expected someone to announce that there would be a tombola on the upper deck and a film presentation of The Great Escape in the ship's cinema.
Without charity there would be no bathing in cold custard, no public displays of depilation and no outlet for tombola.
Boxing Day, we spent in a similar way except that instead of a concert, we had a tombola.