span-counter 2 HENRY VI., iv. 2. 152. “Boss out, or boss and span, also called hit or span, wherein one bowls a marble to any distance that he pleases, which serves as a mark for his antagonist to bowl at, whose business it is to hit the marble first bowled, or lay his own near enough to it for him to span the space between them and touch both the marbles; in either case he wins; if not, his marble remains where it lay, and becomes a mark for the first player, and so alternately until the game be won.—Span-counter is a pastime similar to the former, but played with counters instead of marbles. I have frequently seen the boys for want of both perform it with stones.” Strutt's Sports and Pastimes, p. 340, sec. ed.
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