hopscotch

[hop-skoch]
noun
1.
a children's game in which a player tosses or kicks a small flat stone, beanbag, or other object into one of several numbered sections of a diagram marked on the pavement or ground and then hops on one foot over the lines from section to section and picks up the stone or object, usually while standing on one foot in an adjacent section.
verb (used without object) Informal.
2.
to jump or leap from one place to another: Small birds hopscotched on the lawn.
3.
to journey quickly and directly from one usually far place to another: ambassadors hopscotching from Moscow to Paris to London.
4.
to move or pass through something, as a geographical area or a field of endeavor, making many brief stops: The candidate hopscotched through four states in two days.
5.
to shift from one thing to another quickly or abruptly: The story hopscotches from the present to the past in a confusing way.
verb (used with object) Informal.
6.
to jump or leap over.
7.
to cross over (a large area or distance) in one continuous action: She hopscotches the country in her private plane.
8.
to cross or travel through erratically or abruptly: The escaped convicts hopscotched the valley.

Origin:
1795–1805; hop1 + scotch1

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hopscotch (ˈhɒpˌskɒtʃ)
 
n
a children's game in which a player throws a small stone or other object to land in one of a pattern of squares marked on the ground and then hops over to it to pick it up
 
[C19: hop1 + scotch1]

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hopscotch
l789, from hop (v.) + scotch "scratch," from the lines scored in the dirt to make the squares for the game.
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hopscotch

age-old children's game based on an idea of not treading on lines. Variations of the game are played in many countries. The game's English name expresses its object: to hop over the "scotch," a line, or scratch, drawn on the ground. Lines are drawn in a variety of patterns. Spaces in the diagrams are numbered, and they must be traversed in order

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