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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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A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words: Obsolete Phrases ..., Volume 2

James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps - English language - 1901
...Suffolk. Sticky soil is said to be mumt/ly. MUMBLE-A-SPARROW. A cruel sport practised at wakes and fairs, in the following manner: A cock sparrow whose wings...pecks and pinches he receives from the enraged bird. iniMBLE-MATlNS. A Popish priest. MUM-BUDGET. A cant word implying silence. " Avoir le bee gelt, to...
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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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A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

Francis Grose - English language - 1963 - 396 pages
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A classical dictionary of the vulgar tongue, 1785

Francis Grose - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1968 - 211 pages
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1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang ...

Francis Grose, Hewson Clarke - English language - 1971 - 238 pages
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1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang ...

Francis Grose, Hewson Clarke - English language - 1971 - 238 pages
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Faiths and Folklores

W. Carew Hazlitt - Social Science - 2003 - 684 pages
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1811 Dictionary Of The Vulgar Tongue

Grose Captain Grose - Fiction - 2004 - 408 pages
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