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Children, I think, were not spared the details of these affairs fifty years ago; at least, I was not, and my nerves were a packet of spilikins.
Father and Son: a study of two temperaments Edmund Gosse 1888
He stayed there mooning instead of pelting under cover: the shot (eighteen-pound) struck him right on the breast, knocked him into spilikins, and sent the mutton cutlets flying.
White Lies Charles Reade 1849
Add to these twenty minor groups; the serving men and women running to and fro with wine and beer-cans on their heads, the players absorbed in the various games of hazardbilles (a primitive form of billiards), dice, cards, backgammon, the intensely exciting tringlet (a form of spilikins), quarrels in one corner, kisses in anotherand some idea may be formed of the scene, over which flickered the light of the great blazing fire, setting a thousand grotesque and enormous shadows dancing on the tavern walls.
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