potato race

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noun

a novelty race in which each contestant must move a number of potatoes from one place to another, usually in a spoon, carrying one potato at a time.

Origin of potato race

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for potato race

  • What if you couldn't get a clotheshorse to run in a potato-race?

    Garrison's Finish|W. B. M. Ferguson
  • First came the sack-races; then the pole-climbing; then the potato-race.

    The Hallowell Partnership|Katharine Holland Brown
  • Even Phyllis Norton was shrieking in a potato-race, and only laughed when she fell and soiled her immaculate lace frock.

    A Terrible Tomboy|Angela Brazil