jackstraws


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jack·straw

 (jăk′strô′)
n.
1. jackstraws(used with a sing. verb) A game played with a pile of straws or thin sticks, with the players attempting in turn to remove a single stick without disturbing the others.
2. One of the straws or sticks used in this game.

jackstraws

(ˈdʒækˌstrɔːz)
n
(Games, other than specified) (functioning as singular) another name for spillikins
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jackstraws - a game in which players try to pick each jackstraw (or spillikin) off of a pile without moving any of the others
child's game - a game enjoyed by children
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jackstraws

n singMikado nt
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