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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BLOCK, HAMMER, AND NAIL, phr. “A game amongst children” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 13). Also known to Bnff.4 1928 and Abd.9 1935. A full description of this game is to be found in A. B. Gomme Dict. Brit. Folk-Lore (1894) I. 41. See also Haimmer.Sc. 1898 E.D.D.:
Block, hammer, and nail, a boys' game requiring seven players, three of whom represent the above-named articles, the remaining four being employed to swing the hammer against the block.

Block Hammer And Nail phr.

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