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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FAN-DAN, n. A kind of marble. Also a skittle, usually made from an empty cartridge, used in marble games (Abd. 1951).Abd. 1934 Abd. Press and Jnl. (13 Nov.) 2:
“The beetles” and “the fan-dan” were the two types of “bools” in which those of a capitalist turn of mind specialised.

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