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sack race

a race in which each contestant jumps ahead while his or her legs are confined in a sack.
Origin of sack race
First recorded in 1880-85
Related forms
sack racer, noun
sack racing, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I must go directly,' said the boy; 'I am in the sack race for boys under twelve.

  • "Helping villagers to climb greasy poles, and finishing a sack race," Charles explained.

    The Dark Tower Phyllis Bottome
  • When the boys' boxing contest was over they had a sack race, but a small group of youngsters were observed making for the door.

  • He tried the sack race, too, but the first time he slipped altogether inside the thing and had to be taken out, yelling.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • Your artistic genius may be a duffer at a sack race, and your crack pianist a butter-fingers with a ball.

British Dictionary definitions for sack race

sack race

a race in which the competitors' legs and often bodies are enclosed in sacks
Derived Forms
sack racing, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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