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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Definitions for hopscotch

  1. To journey quickly and directly from one usually far place to another.
  2. A children's game in which a player tosses or kicks an object into one of several numbered sections of a diagram marked on the ground.
  3. To move or pass through something, as a geographical area or a field of endeavor, making many brief stops.

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Citations for hopscotch
Fenerty, now a CPA, has hopscotched around since his CFL days, living in Atlanta, Tampa and Italy. Paul Jarvey, "Holy Cross football hearkens back to glory days," www.telegram.com, October, 2010.
With this newfound freedom, they will be able to hopscotch from one plant to another all winter long. Leo Lubke, "GardenWise: Summer weather is nearly over for houseplants, too!," MetroWNY.com, September, 2010.
Origin of hopscotch
1795-1805
The scotch in hopscotch is an alteration of scratch, from the lines scored in the dirt to make the squares for the game.