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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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EVERY, int. Also iv(e)ry (Abd., Slg., Uls. 1930; Rxb.4 1944). The call in the game of marbles for liberty to play in any position (Sc. 1911 S.D.D. Add.: Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; m.Lth.1 1950).Rxb.2 1919:
When a player keps the marble, say, on the rebound, he cries every, and if not negatived immediately by an opponent shouting nowts, has the privilege of striking at the marbles in the dump or ring from any point that he cares to choose.
Rxb.4 1944 (from a 10 year-old schoolboy):
When a player calls “everys” he can clear away stones that are in the way, lift up the marble and throw it. If his opponent shouts “nothings” before he says “everys”, he is allowed none of these advantages. The players shout after the last one has played his marble.

[A specific use of every, each, each and all.]

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