jingling-match love

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  • n. Same as jingling, 2.

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  • (noun) - (1) A diversion common enough at country wakes and fairs. The performance requires a large circle enclosed with ropes, which is occupied by as many persons as are permitted to play. All of these except one, who is the jingler, have their eyes blinded with handkerchiefs. The eyes of the jingler are not covered, but he holds a small bell in each hand, which he is obliged to keep ringing incessantly, so long as the play continues, which is commonly about twenty minutes, but sometimes is extended to half an hour. --Joseph Strutt's Sports and Pastimes of the People of England, 1801 (2) His object was to elude the pursuit of his companions, and he won the prize if he was still free when the play ceased. It was an amusing sight to see the men trying to catch the jingler, running into each other's arms and catching every one but the right one. --Peter Ditchfield's Old English Sports, 1891

    February 12, 2018