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jump rope

Also, jump roping. a children's game or an exercise for children and adults in which a rope is swung over and under the standing jumper, who must leap over it each time it reaches the feet.
the rope used.
verb (used without object)
to play this game or do this exercise.
Also called skip rope.
Origin of jump rope
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for skipping-rope
Historical Examples
  • And Maud put her skipping-rope into the brown paper, and laid it on the bench.

    Golden Moments Anonymous
  • The Puncher seized a skipping-rope and did marvellous things with it.

  • It was only because I had no right to come into the parlour with a skipping-rope.

  • A lame puppy would not say “thank you” if you offered to lend it a skipping-rope.

    Symbolic Logic Lewis Carroll
  • He had a skipping-rope in his hand and was looking fixedly at the child.

    Marguerite Anatole France
  • It was a toss up at one time between that and the skipping-rope.

    The Prude's Progress Jerome K. Jerome
  • Half an hour with a skipping-rope would be equally beneficial to his liver.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • I've held your skipping-rope for you when you were just a slip of a child!

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc
  • "You just try it," urged Martha, handing her the skipping-rope.

    The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Mary put on her coat and hat and took her skipping-rope over her arm.

    The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for skipping-rope


(Brit) a cord, usually having handles at each end, that is held in the hands and swung round and down so that the holder or others can jump over it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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