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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Shovel-board.
 
A game in which three counters were shoved or slid over a smooth board; a game very popular in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; the table itself, and sometimes even the counters were so called. Slender speaks of “two Edward shovel-boards.” (Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, i. 1.)   1
 


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