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verbEnglish Regional, Welsh English
no object To push, nudge, shove; especially to jerk the hand and arm unlawfully when shooting a marble; to push the hand slyly forward to be nearer the mark. Also (in later use): to shoot a marble from the hand by jerking the bent thumb (with no implication of cheating). Now rare.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Exmoor Scolding. Origin unknown.
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