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A weighted stick used to throw, usually at small animals. [ quotations ▼] 1939, George Orwell, "Coming up for Air", London: Victor Gollancz. (p. 56 in Penguin edition 1962.) They [boys] all had catapults and squailers []. :thumbs:

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When I was young I remember a farmer telling me that when they were all young, so you'd be talking about the 40s or so, that all the lads in the parish would go out hunting after Mass on a Sunday morning with a pack of dogs of every description and everyone would be carrying a throwing stick.

One Ol' boy told me that if a rabbit left covert and ran by you that you'd have to jump in the air as high as you could or else you'd get the legs took off you by a load of throwing sticks.

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