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[hahyd-n-seek] /ˈhaɪd nˈsik/
one of a variety of children's games in which, according to specified rules, one player gives the others a chance to hide and then attempts to find them.
Also called hide-and-go-seek
[hahyd-n-goh-seek] /ˈhaɪd n goʊˈsik/ (Show IPA)
Origin of hide-and-seek
1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is true I can beg, and play at hide-and-seek with a biscuit: I can eat game, and drink real turtle-soup.

    A Winter Nosegay Walter Crane
  • It was like a game of hide-and-seek, and yet it was life at last.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • For the next six weeks the movements of the two forces resembled a game of hide-and-seek.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • Don't you try any of your hide-and-seek on me; I don't get fooled any.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • Then they had a grand game of hide-and-seek in the stocking basket Annie had left on the floor.

  • Now came on a singularly engrossing game of "hide-and-seek."

    The Shadow World Hamlin Garland
  • She had been playing a foolish, reckless game of hide-and-seek with herself, pretending that she did not know what was happening.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • It was a charming evening, and ended up with hide-and-seek all over the castle.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • At this point it occurs to me that perhaps you who read may have forgotten the difference between "hide-and-seek" and "I spy."

    Wings and the Child E. [Edith] Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for hide-and-seek


a game in which one player covers his eyes and waits while the others hide, and then he tries to find them
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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