from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A game in which one group of players leaves a trail of paper scraps for a pursuing group to follow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a game played by men and boys, two, called hares, having a few minutes' start, and scattering bits of paper to indicate their course, being chased by the others, called the hounds, through a wide circuit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an outdoor game; one group of players (the hares) start off on a long run scattering bits of paper (the scent) and pursuers (the hounds) try to catch them before they reach a designated spot
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Gascoigne seemed doubtful, but O’Hara’s strange experience on the evening of the hare and hounds had predisposed him in favour of wild schemes, for nothing, he felt, could be as wild as his unforeseen adventure.