jack-a-lent

jack-a-lent
\\ˈjakəˌlent\ noun (plural jack-a-lents)
Usage: usually capitalized J&L
Etymology: jack (I) + a (of) + Lent
1. : a small stuffed puppet set up to be pelted as a sport in Lent
2. : a simple or insignificant fellow : puppet

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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