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red rover

noun
1.
a children's game in which two teams, some distance apart, face each other and take turns designating an opposing player to run toward their line. Any player who fails to break through their clasped hands becomes a member of that team.
Origin of red rover
1890-1895
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95
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  • The red rover must be in the line-up when the big day comes.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • What did you get from the car, the one the red rover was snatched from?

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • Drew,” he said after a long silence, “why did they snatch the red rover?

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • A large purse is being raised as a reward for the return of the red rover.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • “It has to do with the kidnaping of the red rover,” Johnny explained.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • If the red rover is still in their midst we shall be in greater luck.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • How could they know that the red rover had reached the city safely?

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • Suppose the red rover had reached the city; suppose he did line up with his team?

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • Does he believe that the red rover can still go through to victory?

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • "All the same, I will retain the key," assured the red rover.

    Deadwood Dick Jr. Branded Ed. L. Wheeler

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