Tom Tiddler's ground

noun 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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Origin and Etymology of tom tiddler's ground

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


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