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to break one’s duck

    In cricket, from the resemblance between the figure 0 and a duck’s egg, the term duck’s egg denotes the zero (i.e. 0) placed against a batsman’s name in the scoring sheet when he fails to score. This was explained in Very Hard Cash (1863), a novel by the English novelist and playwright Charles Reade (1814-84): (1864 edition) “You and I, at Lord’s the […]

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hat trick

hat trick

  THE HAT TRICK. ORGANISER OF GRACE TESTIMONIAL: — “I AM NOT DOING THIS TO GET ADVERTISEMENT; MY ONLY OBJECT IS TO HELP THIS POOR UNDERPAID CRICKETER!” caricature from The Entr’acte & Limelight (London) – 22nd June 1895 In 1895, a testimonial fund was set up for W. G. Grace (1848-1915), the Grand Old Man of English cricket. […]

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to stonewall

to stonewall

  Thomas Jonathan ‘Stonewall’ Jackson (1824-63)       MEANING   To delay or obstruct a request, process, or person, by refusing to answer questions or by being evasive.     ORIGIN   In Australian political slang, the noun stonewall meant parliamentary obstruction and a body of obstructers. During a debate at the Legislative Assembly […]

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spin doctor

spin doctor

  William Safire photograph: Diana Walker/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image     MEANING   A spin doctor (also spinster) is a spokesperson employed to give a favourable interpretation of events to the media, especially on behalf of a political party. And a spinmeister is a spin doctor, especially an accomplished or politically powerful one.   […]

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cricket

cricket

  The evolution of the cricket bat (The first cricket bat looked like a hockey stick) source: World Cricket Watch     The French ‘jeu de la crosse’ – 18th century The English game of cricket – 18th century       ♦ The name of the insect related to the grasshoppers dates back to the […]

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