squail

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verb

ˈskwā(ə)l

intransitive verb

dialectal, chiefly British : to throw a weighted stick (as at a bird or fruit on a tree)
squailed at the pears with short sticksRichard Jefferies

transitive verb

dialectal, chiefly British : to strike by throwing a stick

squail

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noun

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plural -s
: a disk or counter used in the game of squails

Word History

Etymology

Verb

origin unknown

Noun

back-formation from squails

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“Squail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squail. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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