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Tom Tidler’s Ground


The ground or tenement of a sluggard. The expression occurs in Dickens’s Christmas story, 1861. Tidler is a contraction of “the idler” or tʹidler. The game so called consists in this: Tom Tidler stands on a heap of stones, gravel, etc.; other boys rush on the heap crying, “Here I am on Tom Tidler’s ground,” and Tom bestirs himself to keep the invaders off.

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

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Tolmen (in French, Dolmen)
Tom Folio
Tom Fool’s Colours
Tom Foolery
Tom Long
Tom Raw
Tom Tailor
Tom Thumb
Tom Tidler’s Ground
Tom Tug
Tom and Jerry—i.e
Tom, Dick, and Harry
Tom oBedlams
Tomb of Our Lord
Tommy Atkins (A)
Tommy Dodd
Tommy Shop

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