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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.
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1. (Games, other than specified) a thin strip of wood used in the game of spillikins
2. informal an insignificant person
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1. one of the thin strips of wood or other material used in jackstraws.
2. jackstraws, (used with a sing. v.) a game in which piled jackstraws must be picked up, one by one, without disturbing the heap.
[1590–1600; earlier, scarecrow, after Jack Straw, name or nickname of one of the leaders of the rebellion headed by Wat Tyler in 1381 in England]
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Noun1.jackstraw - a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws
strip - thin piece of wood or metal
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[ˈdʒækstrɔː] N (US) → pajita f
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