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waiphyo

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singapore
From treasure island, captain said to his team when the enemies were coming;
"They ll have a hot run,sir," said the captain."Jack ashore, you know.It s not them I mind; it s the round-shot.Carpet bowls! My lady s maid couldn't miss.Tell us, squire,when you see the match, and we ll hold water."
what does carpet bowls mean?
 
  • Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    'Carpet bowls' means bowls played indoors in a domestic setting, presumably by women and children as well as men.
    He implies that 'carpet' bowls is an inferior form of outdoor bowls played on lawns (grass).
    The further implication is that he's not afraid of the enemy.
    I don't know much about the history of the game of bowls.

    ( Why is the punctuation so wrong? :()
     

    PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    The bowls are spherical, and look look like cannonballs. However, carpet bowls were quite small compared to cannonballs, and the game of carpet-bowls was considered very gentle (as opposed to cannonballs, which are not "gentle".)
     

    waiphyo

    Senior Member
    singapore
    The bowls are spherical, and look look like cannonballs. However, carpet bowls were quite small compared to cannonballs, and the game of carpet-bowls was considered very gentle (as opposed to cannonballs, which are not "gentle".)
    Thank you very much.
    You helped me a lot!!!
     
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