a game in which individuals or teams are sent out to accumulate, without purchasing, a series of common, outlandish, or humorous objects, the winner being the person or team returning first with all the items.
Origin of scavenger hunt
An Americanism dating back to 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for scavenger hunt
a game in which players are required to collect an assortment of miscellaneous items: usually played outdoors
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