/tid"lee wingks'/, n. (used with a sing. v.)
a game played on a flat surface, in which players attempt to snap small plastic disks into a cup by pressing the edges of the disks with larger ones.
Also, tiddledywinks /tid"l dee wingks'/.
[1835-45; pl. of tiddlywink (tiddly tiny + dial. wink, var. of WINCH), referring to the counter used to snap the pieces into place; see -S3]

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