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stickball

[stik-bawl] /ˈstɪkˌbɔl/
noun
1.
a form of baseball played in the streets, on playgrounds, etc., in which a rubber ball and a broomstick or the like are used in place of a baseball and bat.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism; (broom)stick + ball1
Related forms
stickballer, noun
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Examples from the web for stickball
  • He played stickball and freeze tag on safe, tree-lined streets.
  • It wasn't stickball or kick-the-can-acceptable losses, though nostalgia ran high.
  • When he finally does get to play stickball with the others, he does so badly that he thinks they'll never let him play again.
  • He is often asked by members of the community to help them understand myths, legends, and the nuances of stickball.
  • Many tribes played games such as lacrosse and stickball.
  • The dance troupe also plays games of stickball with individual who will take the challenge.
Encyclopedia Article for stickball

game played on a street or other restricted area, with a stick, such as a mop handle or broomstick, and a hard rubber ball. Stickball developed in the late 18th century from such English games as old cat, rounders, and town ball. Stickball also relates to a game played in southern England and colonial Boston in North America called stoolball. All of these games were played on a field with bases, a ball, and one or more sticks.

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