Tom Tiddler's ground

Tom Tid·​dler's ground | \ -ˈtidlə(r)z- \
variants: or less commonly Tommy Tiddler's ground

Definition of Tom Tiddler's ground

1 : 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
2 : 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 parties— T. E. Lawrence the border now became a sort of Tom Tiddler's ground filled with warring Kaffirs— Stuart Cloete

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History and Etymology for Tom Tiddler's ground

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 7 Jul. 2020.

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