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[hahyd-n-seek] /ˈhaɪd nˈsik/
one of a variety of children's games in which, according to specified rules, one player gives the others a chance to hide and then attempts to find them.
Also called hide-and-go-seek
[hahyd-n-goh-seek] /ˈhaɪd n goʊˈsik/ (Show IPA)
Origin of hide-and-seek
First recorded in 1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for hide-and-seek
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  • Never mind; let's play at hide-and-seek in the kitchen garden.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • It was like a game of hide-and-seek, and yet it was life at last.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Don't you try any of your hide-and-seek on me; I don't get fooled any.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • Now came on a singularly engrossing game of "hide-and-seek."

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
  • It was a charming evening, and ended up with hide-and-seek all over the castle.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • hide-and-seek could not be comfortably played with him, either.

  • If it were hide-and-seek about to begin, this is where Max shone.

  • I began hunting the neighborhood for the hide-and-seek spots.

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints Walter Prichard Eaton
  • “You cannot play at hide-and-seek with this creature all your life,” he answered.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for hide-and-seek


a game in which one player covers his eyes and waits while the others hide, and then he tries to find them
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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