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Answer for the clue "Ball game since 1823", 5 letters:
rugby

Alternative clues for the word rugby

Scrum game

It's played with a scrum

Sport named for a British boarding school

(British) a form of football played with an oval ball

Football, at Eton

Word definitions for rugby in dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES a football/rugby/tennis etc match ▪ There was a rugby match going on on the school field. a tennis/cricket/golf/rugby etc ball ▪ She was practising hitting golf balls. football/cricket/rugby etc pitch ▪ the world-famous...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. A sport where players can hold or kick an ovoid ball. The ball cannot be handled forwards and points are scored by touching the ball to the ground in the area past their opponent’s territory or kicking the ball between goalposts and over a crossbar.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
type of football, 1864, after Rugby , public school where the game was played, from city of Rugby in Warwickshire, central England. The place name is Rocheberie (1086), probably "fortified place of a man called *Hroca;" with second element from Old English...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. a form of football played with an oval ball [syn: rugby football , rugger ]

Gazetteer Word definitions in Gazetteer
Population (2000): 2939 Housing Units (2000): 1434 Land area (2000): 1.933402 sq. miles (5.007488 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.933402 sq. miles (5.007488 sq. km) FIPS code: 68860 Located within: North...

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Rugby may refer to:

Usage examples of rugby.

Wellbeloved was bent across the table near to the far-away Sinclair who was trying to remember whether the eight-forty for Euston from Birkenhead changed engines at Rugby on winter Saturdays.

She was at breakpoint with her most recent beau, bored with his rugby, his healthy hedonism, the smooth self-assured way he embraced her in bed.

He trained in classic, rather old-fashioned jiujitsu, and he played rugby with the international side against the sons of the British taipans with an effectiveness that bordered on brutality.

A careful examination of the line between Willesden and Rugby resulted in one discovery which might or might not have a bearing upon the tragedy.

This meeting between the two universities was one of the high spots of the rugby season, and the aficionados travelled thousands of miles to watch it.

Rugby, and she went at night to the standing stone on the edge of the woodland, and she put some bread that Bartholomew had been eating but had left unfinished on the stone, wrapped in a cut strand of her own hair.

His son was at Cambridge, he'd sent him to Rugby, fine school Rugby, nice class of boys there, in a couple of years his son would be articled, that would be nice for Philip, he'd like his son, thorough sportsman.

In the 1990s, indigenous players have comprised about half the backline in the Queensland State of Origin rugby league team.

Cogger was the hearty type of quack who once played rugby football for Barts and seemed to believe in the short, sharp shock treatment for most illnesses.

I was equally suspicious of rugby matches and cricket matches and boat trips and days out to Silverstone and Longleat.

But the Aboriginal community in Brisbane honoured her with a gift of a traditional dot painting at a ceremony attended by Test rugby league player Sam Backo, and Jeffrey Dynevor, the first Aborigine to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal, in boxing in Perth in 1962.

Her references to the fact that Stim, rugby, or whatever the game was called looked like a bastardized form of American football, and Bruce's towering rage at this comment, undoubtedly contributed to her making herself scarce for a while.

Cathy and Nick flew in with rugby league great Wally Lewis, and Aboriginal players, Ricky Walford of St George, and Larry Corowa who had coached with Lewis on the Gold Coast.

The administration block was surrounded by green lawns and flowering gardens, and beyond that there were an eighteen-hole golf course, a cricket pitch and a rugby field for the white miners.

She was wearing a crumpled Oxford-blue shirt tucked into black rugby shorts, white pumps on her feet, no socks.