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/.
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How to use hide-and-seek in a sentence
She plays hide-and-seek with neighbors and doodles during her English lessons at the local school.
All these viruses play a perpetual game of hide-and-seek with the human immune system.Flu Fears: The Race Between Pandemic Viruses and a Universal Vaccine | John M. Barry | January 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Redford describes playing many “mischievous hide-and-seek games testing each others boundaries” at her house.
Yes, Nursy, and we had a beautiful time playing hide-and-seek under the bedclothes.Bumper, The White Rabbit | George Ethelbert Walsh
I wish I could tell you what a lovely place home is for hide-and-seek.Queensland Cousins | Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
Miss Laura had trained us to do all kinds of things with balls jumping for them, playing hide-and-seek, and catching them.Beautiful Joe | Marshall Saunders
There was a game of hide-and-seek on the lawn, and when the shrieks and laughter were subsiding, some one began to sing within.The Late Miss Hollingford | Rosa Mulholland
Her cheeks were pink and her dimples hard at work playing hide-and-seek with their own shadows, when she cranked the little car.The Camerons of Highboro | Beth B. Gilchrist
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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with hide-and-seek
see play hide and seek.
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