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small game

wild animals and birds hunted for sport, as rabbits or doves, that are smaller than animals, as deer and bears, classified as big game.
Origin of small game
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Ten, fifteen,—twenty of the items of small-game were grasped in mid-air, as if they were creatures in flight.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • He was out hunting, the last day of small-game season, and somebody mistook him for a turkey.

    Day of the Moron Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for small-game

small game

(Brit) small animals that are hunted for sport
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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