a children's game played with a pocketknife, the object being to cause the blade to stick in the ground or a wooden surface by flipping the knife in a number of prescribed ways or from a number of prescribed positions.
- Also mum·ble·de·peg, mum·ble·dy·peg [muhm-buhl-dee-peg], /ˈmʌm bəl diˌpɛg/, mumble peg, mum·ble-the-peg [muhm-buhl-thuh-peg], /ˈmʌm bəl ðəˌpɛg/, mum·ble·ty-peg, mum·bly-peg [muhm-blee-peg]. /ˈmʌm bliˌpɛg/.
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How to use mumbletypeg in a sentence
Only we didn't call it stick-knife,” said Old Hundred, “we called it mumblety-peg.Penguin Persons & Peppermints | Walter Prichard Eaton
So we went outdoors and set down on the grass and played mumblety-peg—me losing that thousand, natural.The Man Next Door | Emerson Hough
Now I'll bet you a thousand dollars I can beat you three games out of five at mumblety-peg.The Man Next Door | Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for mumbletypeg
US a game in which players throw a knife in various prescribed ways, the aim being to make the blade stick in the ground
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