jackstraws \jack"straws`\, n. The game played with jackstraws[2], which resembles {pick-up-sticks}. [PJC]

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  • jackstraws — n. child s game played with straws or strips of woodn. piece of straw or strip of wood used in the game of jackstraws; scarecrow (Archaic); worthless person (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • jackstraws — noun a game in which players try to pick each jackstraw (or spillikin) off of a pile without moving any of the others • Syn: ↑spillikins • Hypernyms: ↑child s game …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pick-up sticks — For the song Pick Up Sticks by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, see Time Out Pick up sticks (or pick a stick) is a game of physical and mental skill in which sticks have to be removed from a pile without disturbing the remaining ones. One root of the… …   Wikipedia

  • jackstraw — /jak straw /, n. 1. one of a group of strips of wood or similar objects, as straws or toothpicks, used in the game of jackstraws. 2. jackstraws, (used with a sing. v.) a game in which players compete in picking up, one by one, as many jackstraws… …   Universalium

  • jackstraw — jack•straw [[t]ˈdʒækˌstrɔ[/t]] n. 1) gam one of the thin strips of wood or other material used in jackstraws 2) gam jackstraws, (used with a sing. v.) a game in which piled jackstraws must be picked up, one by one, without disturbing the heap •… …   From formal English to slang

  • pick-up-sticks — /pik up stiks /, n. jackstraws played with sticks. * * * ▪ game also called  jackstraws , or  spillikins         game of skill, played by both children and adults, with thin wooden sticks or with straws or matches. In the early 18th century… …   Universalium

  • spillikin — [spil′i kən] n. [< MDu spilleken, dim. of spille: see SPILE] Chiefly Brit. 1. any of the strips used in jackstraws 2. [pl., with sing. v.] the game of jackstraws: Also sp. spilikin …   English World dictionary

  • Jackstraw — Jack straw , n. 1. An effigy stuffed with straw; a scarecrow; hence, a man without property or influence. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a set of straws of strips of ivory, bone, wood, etc., for playing a child s game, the jackstraws being… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jackstraw — noun Date: 1801 1. plural but singular in construction a game in which a set of straws or thin strips is let fall in a heap with each player in turn trying to remove one at a time without disturbing the rest 2. one of the pieces used in the game… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Jack Straw (disambiguation) — Jack Straw (born 1946), British politicianJack Straw may also be: * Jack Straw (rebel leader) (died 1381), English * Jack Straw (song) * Jack Straw (play) * Jack Straw Foundation, American public radio foundation * Jackstraws, game pick up sticks …   Wikipedia

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