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.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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