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" SPARROW. A cruel sport practised at wakes and fairs, in the following manner: A cock sparrow whose wings are clipped, is put into the crown of a hat; a man having his arms tied behind him, attempts to bite off the sparrow's head, but is generally obliged... "
A Dictionary of Archaic & Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs ... - Page 556
by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps - 1852
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Brand's Popular Antiquities of Great Britain: Faiths and Folklore ..., Volume 2

John Brand, Sir Henry Ellis, William Carew Hazlitt - Fasts and feasts - 1905
...Mumble a Sparrow : a cruel ęport practiced at wakes and fairs in the following manner : a cock-sparrow, whose wings are clipped, is put into the crown of...pecks and pinches he receives from the enraged bird." Mumchanco. — An early game of chance played with money and dice, as we perceive from a passage in...
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