mumblety peg


a children's game played with a pocketknife, the object being to cause the blade to stick in the ground or a wooden surface by flipping the knife in a number of prescribed ways or from a number of prescribed positions.
Also, mumbledepeg, mumbledypeg [muhm-buhl-dee-peg] , mumble peg, mumble-the-peg [muhm-buhl-thuh-peg] , mumblety-peg, mumbly-peg [muhm-blee-peg] .

1620–30; from phrase mumble the peg (see mumble); so named because the losing player was formerly required to pull a peg from the ground with his or her teeth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
mumbletypeg (ˈmʌmbəltɪˌpɛɡ)
(US) a game in which players throw a knife in various prescribed ways, the aim being to make the blade stick in the ground
[C17: from mumble the peg, a loser in the game being required to pull the knife out of the ground using the teeth]

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