horseshoe

horseshoe
horseshoe late 14c. (early 13c. as a proper name), from HORSE (Cf. horse) + SHOE (Cf. shoe). Horseshoes as another name for the game of quoits, attested by 1822.
HORSE-SHOES, the game of coits, or quoits--because sometimes actually played with horse-shoes. [John Trotter Brockett, "A Glossary of North Country Words," 1829]
The belief that finding a horseshoe by chance is lucky is attested from late 14c., and the practice of nailing one above a doorway to prevent a witch entering therein was common in London down to c.1800. Of a type of bend in a river, 1770, Amer.Eng. As a type of crab, from 1775.

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