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  • noun A pole, garlanded with streamers held by people who dance around it to celebrate May Day.
  • noun euphemistic A penis, especially a large one.


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  • The maypole is a common part of Beltane festivals.

    Where To Park Your Broomstick

  • The maypole is a common part of Beltane festivals.

    Where To Park Your Broomstick

  • At any rate, it appears that the cobblers 'apprentices chose to call their maypole "Fidlovatchka," and that they carried it about on their feast-day, the Wednesday after Easter.

    From a Terrace in Prague

  • Whiskey and beer flowed freely, and whites and Indians cavorted, copulated, and danced wildly around a maypole, a Pagan invention that had become the symbol of fun and leisure in villages across England.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Puritans in England and the New World called for banning the maypole and May Day festivals.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Southbank Centre, SE1, to 25 Apr Cuckoo Festival, Marsden, SatMorris dancers around a maypole, workshops, storytelling, crafts, street theatre, a rubber duck race and the time-honoured village cuckoo procession bring a touch of olde worlde mythic magic to this spring party.

    This week's new events

  • Ribbons, pearl and purple, dangle from the maypole down to the pale hands of children, who pull them, giggling.

    Under the Maypole

  • He's just kind of standing there while Lacey does her best maypole dancing around him.

    Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

  • This is a strange, liminal object: a maypole bedecked with slim red and black ribbons and chains from which hang aluminium plaques bearing grisly two-dimensional images of severed heads.

    Nancy Spero: no pity

  • Forty years later, Barrow takes The Queue and uses it as a highly idiosyncratic maypole around which stories of the brothers' childhood, adolescence and early adulthood cavort and whirl.

    Animal Magic: A Brother's Story by Andrew Barrow – review


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