- skip - Brewer’s

Aunt Sally

.

A game in which a wooden head is mounted on a pole. The fun of the game is to knock the nose of the figure, or break the pipe stuck in its mouth. This is to be done by throwing at it, from a stated distance, a short club. The word aunt was anciently applied to any old woman: thus, in Shakespeare, Puck speaks of

“The wisest aunt telling the saddest tale.”


Midsummer Night’s Dream, ii. 1.

previous entry · index · next entry

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

previous entry · index · next entry

Augustan Age
Augustan History
Augustine (The Second)
Augustinians
Augustus
Aulay
Auld Brig and New Brig
Auld Hornie
Auld Reekie
Aulic Council
Aunt Sally
Aureola
Auri
Aurora
Aurora Australis
Aurora Borealis (Latin)
Aurora Raby
Aurora Septentrionalis
Ausonia
Auspices
Auster