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squail (third-person singular simple present squails, present participle squailing, simple past and past participle squailed)

  1. (intransitive, historical) To throw weighted sticks at small animals.
  2. To throw anything about awkwardly or irregularly.
    • December 28 1821, Robert Southey, letter VIII - Recollections of Corston Continued
      The boys were employed also to squail at the bannets

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squail (plural squails)

  1. A disc or counter used in the game of squails.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for squail in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)