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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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TROOST, n.1 A term used in a game of marbles (Mry. 1930).Abd. 1905 E.D.D.:
Each player has a favourite ‘bool' with which he plays; it is the last to be ‘lost', and is usually lost three times before being surrendered. The first time lost, the winner has ‘ae troost' on the loser, and so on.

[Poss. a childish deformation of truce, sc. ‘a stay of proceedings in a contest'.]

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