from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a race across country between a number of horsemen, to see which can first reach some distant object, as a church steeple; hence, a race over a prescribed course obstructed by such obstacles as one meets in riding across country, as hedges, walls, etc.


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  • In an unsuccessful fox hunt, to assuage the down spirits of the hunters the leader of the hunt would pick out a steeple seen in the distance and issue the challenge of a race to it among the riders. A sort of "last one there is a rotten egg!" dare. --Heard on NPR's Says You.

    February 4, 2012