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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BACK-SPANGIE, n. A term used in the game of marbles. [′bak-′spaŋɪ]Arg.1 1932:
A player calling out Back-spangie was entitled to move his marble in any direction to the distance of his own span in order to get into a more favourable position.

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