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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