barley-break (n.) Old form(s): Barly breake
type of country game in which a couple occupies a den [nicknamed ‘hell’] in the centre of a [barley] field, and tries to catch other couples, who may separate [break] when about to be caught
TNK IV.iii.30[Gaoler's Daughter to herself] sometime we go to barley-break, we of the blessed [i.e. I know what hell is like]
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