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drop the handkerchief

a children's game in which all the players but one stand in a circle facing inward, while that one player stealthily drops a handkerchief behind a player in the circle who must pursue and attempt to catch the one who dropped the handkerchief before the latter reaches the vacated place. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Yes, or 'Post-office' and 'drop-the-handkerchief,'" said Mrs. Schofield.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington

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