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Game Hand-in-Hand-Out
Game Family Hook-em-snivy Hook-em-snivy
Location England
Eras Predecessor

per McLean. McLean notes that hand-in and hand-out was among the games banned by King Edward IV in 1477. She identifies it as “probably a kind of trick catch.” The 1477 ban spelled the game name as “handyn and handout.”


Teresa McLean, The English at Play in the Middle Ages (Kensal Press, 1985), page 80.  In The Royal Dictionary by A. Boyer (London, 1764), Hand In Hand Out is defined as "the Name of an unlawful Game," and translated into French as "forte de jeu defendu."

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