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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hide-and-seek, hide and go seek(noun)

    a game in which a child covers his eyes while the other players hide then tries to find them


  1. hide-and-seek(Noun)

    Variant of hide and seek


  1. Hide-and-seek

    Hide-and-seek or hide-and-go-seek is a children's game in which a number of players conceal themselves in the environment, to be found by one or more seekers. The game is played by one player chosen at random counting to a predetermined number while the other players hide. After reaching the number, the player who is "it" attempts to locate all concealed players. The game is an example of an oral tradition, as it is commonly passed down by children to younger children. The game can end in one of several ways depending on the geographical location in which the players learned about the game originally, and other cultural factors as well. In the most common variation of the game, the player chosen as "it" locates all players, the player found last is the winner and is chosen to be it in the next game. In other versions, after the first player is caught, it calls out "Ollie Ollie oxen free" to signal the other hiders to return to base for the next round. In yet another version, when players are caught, they help the "it" seek out others. The phrase "Ollie Ollie oxen free" may derive from the German "Alles, Alles auch so ein frei!" Since there have been a large influx of German peoples to the United States since the 1800s bringing culture and loan words. This seems a likely explanation for the origin of this phrase and aspect of the game in the United States.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hide-and-seek in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hide-and-seek in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Echo Delta:

    Stationary guards are easier to skirt, as for patrolling guards, we need to play hide-and-seek.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If God is playing hide and seek with us, I must confess that I am quite bored with this childish game!

  3. Park Su-in:

    It's like a game of hide-and-seek, what we are finding is just the tip of the iceberg. It's hard to comprehend how bad it is for the disabled people who are forced to work out on these isolated islands.

  4. Bill Cosby, Time Flies:

    One of the great mistakes that can be made by a man of my age is to get involved in athletic competition with children--unless, of course, they are under six. And even then, stay away from hide-and-seek.

  5. Lady Ashcombe:

    My kids like to play medieval battles with wooden swords and bow and arrows, the yew hedges provide a mazelike environment and are great for hide-and-seek games. Visiting the castle is English history made fun ... kings, queens, ghosts, animals and lots of great areas to play.

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