Cup and ball

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cup and ball a familiar toy of children, having a cup on the top of a piece of wood to which, a ball is attached by a cord; the ball, being thrown up, is to be caught in the cup; bilboquet.
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Usage

In literature:

There is a favourite amusement of the ladies here, (the cup and ball), such as children play at in England.
"Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora" by Edward Edwards
Wellington on the left and Brougham on the right play cup-and-ball with him.
"The History of "Punch"" by M. H. Spielmann
We won the basket-ball cup last year and our captain is School Captain this year.
"Judy of York Hill" by Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
Boil until it forms a soft ball; add one-half cup nuts cut fine and a little vanilla.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Instantly Annie threw the cup and ball on the floor.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
Again and again he tried to hit the ball, but always missed it, and it sometimes scarcely rose out of the cup.
"Norman Vallery" by W.H.G. Kingston
Hobbies: Cup-and-ball, tilting, and fretwork.
"Terribly Intimate Portraits" by Noël Coward
By bending the first and second fingers that hold the cup, its lip is brought in close proximity to the secreted ball.
"Indian Conjuring" by L. H. Branson
When the ball is really badly cupped, a moment must be given for inspection and consideration, for the situation is an awkward one.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
I used to play cup and ball with them behind his throne.
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
He has attended balls and routs, danced minuets, and gossiped over tiny cups of China tea.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
Cup and coffee-pot dropped as dead from Don Marzio's hand as the ball from St. Francis's palm.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
Thus said, the cups and balls he played; By turns, this here, that there, conveyed.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
Forestier standing before the fireplace was smoking a cigarette and playing at cup and ball.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 6" by Guy de Maupassant
Boil the sugar and water together until a little forms a soft ball when dropped in a cup of cold water.
"Ethel Morton and the Christmas Ship" by Mabell S. C. Smith
Magician's Own Book (The): Performances with Cups and Balls, Eggs, Hats, Handkerchiefs, &c. All from actual Experience.
"The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies" by Walter Besant
Waddles looked first at his ball, then at the cup, and then at the crowd of spectators.
"Fore!" by Charles Emmett Van Loan
He held up a ball to shew them, and then put it under a cup.
"The Pleasures of the Country" by Harriet Myrtle
Cut this sugar in pieces and form in the shape of a ball, and put on top of the cup before serving.
"The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book" by Victor Hirtzler
What kind of a thing is a fricassee of cup-and-ball?
"Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII)" by Charles Paul de Kock
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In poetry:

He tosses up kingdoms the same as a ball,
And his cup is so fashion'd it catches them all;
The Pope and Grand Turk have been heard to declare
His skill at the long bow has made them both stare.
Derry down.
"The Wonderful Juggler" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

6-8 ounce smoked mozzarella ball 1 large egg Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 cup fine fresh breadcrumbs 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil.
3 cups shelled, skinned fava bean s 2 balls buffalo milk fresh mozzarella to taste, salt and pepper 3 Tbsp.
A floored David Beckham of the LA Galaxy and Omar Gonzalez (R) vie for the ball with Calen Carr (C) of the Houston Dynamo during the MLS Cup final at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on November 20, 2011.
Seattle Sounders player Eddie Johnson, #18 of the United States, dribbles the ball during a World Cup Qualifying game against Antigua and Barbuda at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on October 12, 2012 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda.
Check out Friday's morning foursomes, and then check back as we move into afternoon four-ball at the 2012 Ryder Cup.
Place balls into paper candy cups and sprinkle tops with coarse sea salt .
If you watch Soccer and you've already seen this, you are probably not cool LOL I'm just playing, ESPN Analyst and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown is hit by a stray ball in the Leeds United FA Cup warm-up.
Come one, come all to witness the Thimblerig Circus at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb 12, at 7:30 pm Thimblerig is a fancy name for the cup and ball routine.
US player Freddy Adu, left, fights for the ball with Trinidad and Tobago 's Carlos Edwards during their World Cup qualifier match.
Each participating couple was given a crystal vase, a china cup and saucer, wedding rings, a crucifix, a china doll, a soccer ball, a hand-held computer.
Czech Berdych and Stepanek return ball to Spain's Lopez and Granollers during their Davis Cup doubles final match in Prague ( DAVID W CERNY, REUTERS / November 17, 2012 ).
This lucky Red Sox fan happened to have his beer in the right place at the right time when a foul ball took a one hop off the Fenway Park grandstand and landed in his cup.
Swansea City's Garry Monk (left) and Middlesbrough's Lukas Jutkiewicz (right) battle for the ball in the air during the League Cup, Quarter Final match at The Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, Wednesday Dec 12, 2012.
Team USA's Keegan Bradley celebrates on the 17th hole after winning a four-ball match, 2-and-1, at the Ryder Cup on Friday at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah.
Cedrik- Marcel Stebe of Germany returns the ball to Eduardo Schwank of Argentina during the Davis Cup World Group first round match between Germany and Argentina at Stechert Arena on February 12, 2012 in Bamberg, Germany.
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In science:

Represent the link by a plat diagram and split S 3 as the union of a ball Bup containing the caps of the plat, a tubular neighborhood of its boundary containing the braid of the plat, and a second ball Blow containing the cups of the plat.
On 4-fold covering moves
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