mumblety-peg


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mum·ble·ty-peg

 (mŭm′bəl-tē-pĕg′, -blē-pĕg′) also mum·ble-the-peg (-bəl-thə-)
n.
A game in which players toss a jackknife in various prescribed ways, with the object being to make the blade stick firmly into the ground.

[From the phrase mumble the peg, from the fact that originally the loser had to pull up with the teeth a peg driven into the ground.]
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Noun1.mumblety-peg - a game in which players throw or flip a jackknife in various ways so that the knife sticks in the ground
child's game - a game enjoyed by children
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