Tom Tiddler's ground


Tom Tid·​dler's ground
variants or less commonly Tommy Tiddler's ground
: a game in which a player designated Tom Tiddler or Tommy Tiddler tries to catch the other players who invade the area designated as his property
: a place (as a no-man's-land) where pickings may be sought or had without effective interference
this country was a Tom Tiddler's ground of raiding partiesT. E. Lawrence
the border now became a sort of Tom Tiddler's ground filled with warring KaffirsStuart Cloete

Word History


from Tom Tiddler, Tommy Tiddler, name given to the player who is "it"

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“Tom Tiddler's ground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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