Tom Tiddler's ground

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Tom Tiddler's ground

1. A children's game in which a player (dubbed "Tom Tiddler") must catch other players who try to invade or cross into their area to "steal" their imaginary gold. I remember being kids and playing games like Tom Tiddler's ground or hopscotch. Nowadays, kids just sit around on their phones watching videos online.
2. By extension, an area or situation in which one may make significant profits but is or might be at risk or in danger. The region has become something of a Tom Tiddler's ground for the three major countries surrounding it, each one claiming of its resources as their own. The deregulation created a Tom Tiddler's ground for corporations who exploited every avenue possible to maximize profits, though such an unstable market eventually lead to one of the largest economic crashes in history.
See also: ground, tom

Tom Tiddler's ground

a place where money or profit is readily made.
Tom Tiddler's ground was the name of a children's game in which one of the players, named Tom Tiddler, marked out their territory by drawing a line on the ground. The other players ran over this line calling out ‘We're on Tom Tiddler's ground, picking up gold and silver’. They were then chased by Tom Tiddler and the first (or, sometimes, the last) to be caught took his or her place.
See also: ground, tom
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Such is the case in Spurlin's "Tom Tidler's Playground: A Public Curriculum of White Privilege" in which he observes through the lens of Critical Race Theory the ways in which white privilege is experienced and even perpetuated by children at a suburban mall.
Charles Mackay linked the word to a game called "Tom Tidler's Ground" that used a Gaelic phrase--duthaich da mi; he sought to prove that the phrase's "true derivation was from the Keltic," and "known to British children before the Saxon and Danish irruptions and conquest" (Furness).
Stemmy, CPA, CVA, EA, MMS, a partner with Stemmy, Tidler & Morris PA in Greenbelt, Md.
DAVID WU, MD, PHD; CHRISTAL BLANFORD, MD; SHERRY HOLCOMB; AND DIANA TIDLER, DO Denver, Colorado
An active member of the National Society of Public Accountants since February 1986, Stemmy is a senior partner with the firm of Stemmy, Tidler & Morris, P.A.
In 1973, he opened a firm a Greenbelt, Maryland, called Stemmy, Tidler & Co., the predecessor of his current firm current firm of Stemmy, Tidler & Morris, P.A.
As children, we never considered where it came from or who taught us how to play, but the game, "king of the hill," probably originated in the literature of Charles Dickens under the name, "Tom Tidler's Ground":
The goal of Tom Tidler's Ground is not only to reach the summit but also to maintain it, particularly at the expense of others.
The game of Tom Tidler's Ground ends when an Asian mother, who does not initiate conversation with Brittany or her brother, approaches to silently provide an authoritative presence that dissolves the violence of the activity until it is "no fun" anymore for Brittany, and she wanders off.
Stemmy, MMS, CPA, is a partner in the accouting firm of Stemmy, Tidler & Morris, P.A., in Greenbelt, Maryland.