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hide-and-seek

[hahyd-n-seek] /ˈhaɪd nˈsik/
noun
1.
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)
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Origin
1665-1675
1665-75
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  • Autism seems to play a genetically inspired hide-and-seek game in some families.
  • Some covered their eyes or played hide-and-seek underneath the desk.
  • She played dizzying games of hide-and-seek with them.
  • Tiring of this hide-and-seek, the bird became silent.
  • Slowly they learn to enjoy hanging out in the playrooms, where favorite games are peekaboo and hide-and-seek.
  • But if you dare, you can have your run of the place and play hide-and-seek.
  • Sometimes when he plays hide-and-seek, no one even comes to find him.
  • They played baseball, marbles, tag and hide-and-seek.
British Dictionary definitions for hide-and-seek

hide-and-seek

noun
1.
a game in which one player covers his eyes and waits while the others hide, and then he tries to find them
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Encyclopedia Article for hide-and-seek

old and popular children's game in which one player closes his or her eyes for a brief period (often counting to 100) while the other players hide. The seeker then opens his eyes and tries to find the hiders; the first one found is the next seeker, and the last is the winner of the round. In one of many forms of the game, the hiders try to run back to "home base" while the seeker is away looking for them; if all of the hiders return safely, the seeker repeats as seeker in the next round

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