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wishbone

[wish-bohn] /ˈwɪʃˌboʊn/
noun
1.
a forked bone, formed by the fusion of the two clavicles, in front of the breastbone in most birds; furcula.
2.
Football. an offensive formation in which the fullback is positioned directly behind the quarterback and the two halfbacks are positioned farther behind and to the left and right, respectively.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; wish + bone; so called from the custom of pulling the furcula of a cooked fowl apart until it breaks, the person holding the longer (sometimes shorter) piece being granted a wish
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British Dictionary definitions for wish bone

wishbone

/ˈwɪʃˌbəʊn/
noun
1.
the V-shaped bone above the breastbone in most birds consisting of the fused clavicles; furcula
Word Origin
C17: from the custom of two people breaking apart the bone after eating: the person with the longer part makes a wish
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Word Origin and History for wish bone

wishbone

n.

1860, from wish + bone (n.); so called from the custom of making a wish while pulling the bone in two with another person. The wishbone breaking custom dates to the early 17c., when the bone was a merrythought.

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wish bone in Science
wishbone
  (wĭsh'bōn')   
The forked bone in front of the breastbone in most birds, consisting of the two collarbones partly fused together. It serves as a spring, capturing some of the energy during the downward stroke of the wings for release on the upward stroke.
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Slang definitions & phrases for wish bone

wishbone

noun

A football formation in which the quarterback and three other backs line up in a Y pattern with the quarterback at the base and directly behind the center (1970s+ Football)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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