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battledore

1. an ancient racket game
2. a light racket, smaller than a tennis racket, used for striking the shuttlecock in this game
3. (formerly) a wooden utensil used for beating clothes, in baking, etc.
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The teams entered in the three-day competition are as follows: ABC, ABC-Assir, ACE-Jeddah, ASEAN-PBC, Avocado, Badsminton, Bagetz-Riyadh, Battledores, Baddicts-Riyadh, Bibitss Badminton Camp, BIR-Riyadh, CRTC, D'Club Jaunty, Desert Falcons, D'Smaikers, Evenlode, FBB, FLEEQ, Fun, Hataw, Indo, INDP-Riyadh, IPBC, Jaguars, JBA, JBCR, Jeddah Club, Jeddah Royals, Jeddah Slashers, Jeddah Smashing Pirates, Jordan, KBC, KINC,MBA, Olympia, Pak Tigers, PBB, PBC-Riyadh, Phogi, Phombag-Riyadh, RBC-Assir, Red Sea Dragons, RESC-Riyadh, Riyadh Team, RSC-Riyadh, SABC-Riyadh, Shuttle Eagle, Smash Arabia, SSBC-Riyadh, Supremo, Syria and USC-Riyadh.
Her supply of birch was extensive, and kept in water so that it was always green and pliant: she had a shaft with a dozen whip thongs on each of them; a dozen different sizes of cat-o'-nine tails, some with needle points worked into them; various kinds of thin bending canes; leather straps like coach traces; battledores made of thick sole-leather, with inch nails run through to docket, and currycomb tough hides rendered callous by years flagellation.
The discussion of shuttlecocks, battledores, and hoops is most informative and the possibility that spinning tops or 'fivestones' goes back as far as the Greeks and Romans is intriguing.
The Dartons, particularly the younger firm, responded to the demand producing a wide range of products: alphabet tiles, battledores, block puzzles, cards (reward, flash, and conversation cards), dissected (jigsaw) maps, dissected pictorial puzzles, games, maps, map samplers, pictorial sheets, scrolls, text sheets, writing sheets, and object lesson boxes.
Facsimiles of hornbooks and battledores, that were the reading fare of children in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, are quickly overtaken by books with Australian themes, although imports, such as works by the likes of Randolph Caldecott found their way onto Australian bookshelves.
Again lovingly picking out symbols of profligate aristocracy--"tarnished gilt leather battledores," and the "tattered and diminished 'Scutcheon that hung upon the time-worn walls of thy princely stairs" (LM x: 227)--Elia relives the process by which the house was etched upon his consciousness.
Tuer's two-volume work, History of the Horn-Book, published in 1896, containing facsimiles of horn-books and battledores. These volumes in themselves are a work of art; bound in vellum, both open up to a sunken, almost secret compartment, disguised as the pages of a book.
The battledores are small bats or lightweight racquets made of parchment, plastic, or rows of gut or nylon stretched across wooden frames.
In the 19th century, Florence Nightingale reproved the English Parliament for failing to weigh seriously the consequences of making changes to social programs, charging that "without an inquiry after results, past or present, it is all experiment, see-saw, doctrinaire, a shuttlecock between two battledores." A 21st-century Nightingale could testify at a congressional hearing with only slight revisions.
The faces of American League MVP Ichiro Suzuki, Crown Princess Masako and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi reflect this year's news on decorative battledores, as seen at the annual battledore fair that began Monday in Tokyo's Taito Ward.
Some popular games in New York City were suggested by James Rivington's advertisement that he imported "battledores, shuttlecocks, cricket balls, pellets, racquets for tennis and fives, and backgammon tables."