blindman's buff

blindman's buff

[blahynd-manz buhf]
noun
a game in which a blindfolded player tries to catch and identify one of the other players.
Also called blindman's bluff.


Origin:
1580–90

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blindman's buff

children'schildren's game played as early as 2,000 years ago in Greece. The game is variously known in Europe: Italy, mosca cieca ("blind fly"); Germany, Blindekuh ("blind cow"); Sweden, blindbock ("blind buck"); Spain, gallina ciega ("blind hen"); and France, colin-maillard (named for a medieval fight between a French lord of Louvain and a man named Colin who fought with a mallet and was blinded in the battle). The game blindman's buff is played in many areas other than Europe, however. For instance, in Papua New Guinea the game is known as kamu namu.

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