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n.1.A game played with rackets and a ball suspended by a string from an upright pole, the object of each side being to wrap the string around the pole by striking the ball in a direction opposite to the other.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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He pulls at it, spiraling a web between the back wall of the library and the tether-ball pole, making it bigger and bigger until he worries it might ensnare one of the other children running back to class, or, perhaps, the teacher.
"We even have tether-ball here," says manager Doug Knighton, who recently considered letting a rodeo rent the facility.