(Archaic) A medieval practical joke played by young squires on a knight aspirant the afternoon he is due to start his vigil. As the knight arrives at the castle the squires attempt to raise the drawbridge very suddenly as the knight and his charger step on to it.
See Araglin, Banteer, Bealings, Hunsingore, Warleggan.
source : The Meaning of Liff
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