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jackstraw

[jak-straw] /ˈdʒækˌstrɔ/
noun
1.
one of a group of strips of wood or similar objects, as straws or toothpicks, used in the game of jackstraws.
2.
jackstraws, (used with a singular verb) a game in which players compete in picking up, one by one, as many jackstraws as possible without disturbing the heap.
3.
Obsolete.
  1. a straw-stuffed figure of a man; scarecrow; straw man.
  2. an insignificant person.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; after Jack Straw, name or nickname of one of the leaders of the rebellion headed by Wat Tyler in 1381 in England
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