battledore and shuttlecock

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n battledore and shuttlecock an ancient racket game
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Usage

In literature:

It was funny, she didn't know any games but battledore and shuttlecock and les graces.
"The Story of the Treasure Seekers" by E. Nesbit
Materialism and spiritualism are a fine pair of battledores with which charlatans in long gowns keep a shuttlecock a-going.
"The Magic Skin" by Honore de Balzac
My mother sent me last week a new battledore and shuttlecock, but I can never learn to play with it.
"Old Fritz and the New Era" by Louise Muhlbach
After the lesson I took the young Prince into Madame Elisabeth's room, where we played at ball, and battledore and shuttlecock.
"Memoirs Of The Court Of Marie Antoinette, Queen Of France, Complete" by Madame Campan
He was at the beck and call of forty rough voices; he was the one shuttlecock among eighty brawny battledores.
"The Thrall of Leif the Lucky" by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
Miss Elbury wanted us always to play battledore and shuttlecock, or Les Graces, if we couldn't go out.
"Beechcroft at Rockstone" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Then, in the midst of the empty, echoing courtyard, Nana, Pauline and other big girls engaged in games of battledore and shuttlecock.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
Can I consent to be a shuttlecock sent flying hither and thither by every battledore?
"Rome From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Can I consent to be a shuttlecock sent flying hither and thither by every battledore?
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Vast interests and solemn causes are no longer tossed about like shuttlecocks on the battledores of empty tongues.
"Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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In poetry:

A life like a shuttlecock may be toss'd
With the hand of fate for a battledore;
But it matters much for your sweet soul lost,
As much as a million souls and more.
"No Name" by Adam Lindsay Gordon