tiddledywinks

tiddlywinks

[tid-lee-wingks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
a game played on a flat surface, in which players attempt to snap small plastic disks into a cup by pressing the edges of the disks with larger ones.
Also, tiddledywinks [tid-l-dee-wingks] .


Origin:
1835–45; plural of tiddlywink (tiddly tiny + dial. wink, variant of winch), referring to the counter used to snap the pieces into place; see -s3

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tiddlywinks (ˈtɪdlɪˌwɪŋks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) a game in which players try to flick discs of plastic into a cup by pressing them sharply on the side with other larger discs
 
[C19: probably from tiddly1 + dialect wink, variant of winch1]

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tiddlywinks
children's tile-flipping game, 1857, probably an arbitrary formation from baby talk, but perhaps from slang tiddly-wink "unlicensed drink shop" (1844), from slang tiddly "a drink, drunk."
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