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Nichills in nine pokes

Posted by Gordon Emery on April 20, 2010 at 21:01

Nichills in nine pokes: A Cheshire proverb listed as unknown meaning may come from the game of Merels, also known as Nine Peg Morris or Nine Mens' Morris. A carved board inscribed in Chester Cathedral stonework is said to date from the time it was a monastery when monks, in their spare time, would find a quiet corner to play games. The meaning is similar to someone getting no numbers in the lottery.