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span

or spam: make your span (Exuma); make your spam (Inagua, Mayag.) [cf. US span v. before shooting from a hole in the game of knucks, to describe a semicircle with one's thumb at the edge of the hole and fingers outstretched. A player may shoot from this point for the next hole (Harder 1955:34) cf. OED span measurement made by outstretched hand] phr. (in playing marbles) to make a semicircular mark in the dust with the fingers, using the thumb as a pivot.

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Last update: 2011-10-26 17:10
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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