skittle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v skittle play skittles
    • n skittle a bowling pin of the type used in playing ninepins or (in England) skittles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a pack of Skittles candy, there is an equal 20% distribution of each flavour
    • a Skittle Pertaining to the game of skittles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n skittle One of the pins used in the game of skittles.
    • n skittle plural A game played with nine pins set upright at one end of an alley, the object of the player stationed at the other end being to knock over the set of pins with as few throws as possible of a large roundish ball.
    • skittle To knock over with a skittle-ball; knock down; bowl off.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Skittle to knock down.—n Skitt′le-ball, the ball thrown in playing at skittles
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Quotations

  • Thomas Hughes
    Thomas Hughes
    “Life isn't all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education.”

Idioms

Beer and skittles - (UK) People say that life is not all beer and skittles, meaning that it is not about self-indulgence and pleasure.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of shittle or shuttle.

Usage

In literature:

They were wondering how Italian skittles was played, and, though I had no idea, I volunteered to teach them.
"My Lady Nicotine" by J. M. Barrie
In spite of the amusing comments of "The Fancies," the life of the Military Police was not all beer and skittles.
"A Short History of the 6th Division"
He will only laugh, and say it is all skittles.
"Seen and Unseen" by E. Katharine Bates
They've all got heads as hard as skittle-balls, but their shins are as tender as a dog's foot.
"Nic Revel" by George Manville Fenn
Sounds like the mountains playing at skittles.
"To Win or to Die" by George Manville Fenn
He is now to be seen more frequently in the skittle-ground, clasping a half-gallon, instead of a quart of beer.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Not that it was all beer and skittles even then.
"The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade" by Edward Lord Gleichen
I've never knocked nothin' down, not even a skittle, since I joined the Peace Society.
"Fighting the Flames" by R.M. Ballantyne
I don't care at all for the skittle-playing.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Life is not all beer and skittles.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
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In poetry:

It keeps muttering: stop it till dawn.
Let the dry whiting finally settle.
Hard as nails is the worm-eaten ground,
And the echo's as keen as a skittle.
"I hang limp on the Creator's pen" by Boris Pasternak
But Willy meanwhile was content with his lot;
He was slow, but he always was found on the spot;
He wasted no money on skittles and ale,
But put by his pence, when he could, without fail.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - III" by E W Bowling
Years passed--Fred grew idle and peevish and queer;
Took to skittles, bad language, tobacco, and beer:
Grew tired of his work, when it scarce was begun;
Was Jack of all trades and the master of none.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - III" by E W Bowling
March came in with the koil. Pagett was cool and gay,
Called me a "bloated Brahmin," talked of my "princely pay."
March went out with the roses. "Where is your heat?" said he.
"Coming," said I to Pagett, "Skittles!" said Pagett, M.P.
"Pagett, M.P." by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Amy (top left), her mother Patti, a friend of Annie's and the family dog, " Skittles ," came along.
Why Marshawn Lynch eats all those Skittles .
M&M's or Skittles – Which Is Better.
Candy, m&ms, skittles Category: Poll.
Check out this skittles commercials which involves audience participation, a kitten, and a dude that might give you nightmares.
In this latest Skittles advertisement, you're asked to put your finger on the screen and touch the rainbow.
Skittles commercial makes your finger delicious.
Follow the directions on screen to see how Skittles can make your finger "so delicious".
Pete Wentz Tells Magazine He 'Pops Ambien Like Skittles '.
It's called the Skittles Sorting Machine and it is completely awesome.
Skittles was brought home to keep Samantha (age 5 at the time) company.
Some carried Skittles and iced tea, as Martin did that night.
It has created a little underground economy, with businessmen selling everything from a pack of skittles to an energy drink.
Batting first, West Indies made 137 for six wickets from its 20 overs and then returned to skittle out the hosts for 101 runs in 18.4 overs.
Brenda says she'll take Skittles to her castle,and hopefully, live happily ever after.
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