hare and hounds

noun
an outdoor game in which certain players, the hares, start off in advance on a long run, scattering small pieces of paper, called the scent, with the other players, the hounds, following the trail so marked in an effort to catch the hares before they reach a designated point.
Also called paper chase.


Origin:
1835–45

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hare and hounds
 
n
(functioning as singular) a game in which certain players (hares) run across country scattering pieces of paper that the other players (hounds) follow in an attempt to catch the hares

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The convoy had barely steamed into the station of that city when this amazing game of hare and hounds came to an abrupt end.
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