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hare and hounds

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noun
  1. an outdoor game in which certain players, the hares, start off in advance on a long run, scattering small pieces of paper, called the scent, with the other players, the hounds, following the trail so marked in an effort to catch the hares before they reach a designated point.

Origin of hare and hounds

First recorded in 1835–45
Also called paper chase.
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Examples from the Web for hare and hounds

Historical Examples

  • I went out with a party of friends to play at hare-and-hounds.

    Story of My Life, volumes 1-3

    Augustus J. C. Hare

  • The only incident worth recording here, however, was his first run at Hare-and-hounds.

  • The only incident worth recording here, however, was his first run at hare-and-hounds.


British Dictionary definitions for hare and hounds

hare and hounds

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) a game in which certain players (hares) run across country scattering pieces of paper that the other players (hounds) follow in an attempt to catch the hares
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