battledore and shuttlecock

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battledore and shuttlecock (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) An early version of the game badminton.
    • 1847Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, ch XV, p242
      But I stayed out a few minutes longer with Adele and Pilot—ran a race with her, and played a game of battledore and shuttlecock.