hare and hounds
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.
What’s The Difference Between A Bunny, A Rabbit, And A Hare?The intensely short gestation period and well-known reproductive speed of hares and rabbits have a long cultural association with spring and fertility.
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
The only incident worth recording here, however, was his first run at hare-and-hounds.Tom Brown's Schooldays|Thomas Hughes
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.Tom Brown's School Days|Thomas Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for hare and hounds
hare and hounds
(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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