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A children's game in which players toss a small object into the numbered spaces of a pattern of rectangles outlined on the ground and then hop or jump through the spaces to retrieve the object.
intr.v. hop·scotched, hop·scotch·ing, hop·scotch·es
To move in or as if in a series of irregular jumps: "hopscotching across dozens of new cable channels" (Harry F. Waters).

[hop + scotch, a score, line.]
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(Games, other than specified) 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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n., v. -scotched, -scotch•ing. n.
1. a game in which a child hops around a diagram drawn on the ground or pavement to retrieve a small object, as a stone or stick, that was previously thrown down in one part of the diagram.
2. to jump or leap from one place to another: small birds hopscotching on the lawn.
3. to move, pass, or journey quickly and directly, as from one place to another or through an area, subject, etc.
4. to jump, leap, or cross over in one continuous action.
5. to travel through erratically or in a series of short trips.
[1795–1805; hop1 + scotch]
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- A game in which one must "hop" over the lines scratched in the ground; scotch means "scratched" or "to score." It was once called hop-score.
See also related terms for score.
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Noun1.hopscotch - a game in which a child tosses a stone into an area drawn on the ground and then hops through it and back to regain the stonehopscotch - a game in which a child tosses a stone into an area drawn on the ground and then hops through it and back to regain the stone
child's game - a game enjoyed by children
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[ˈhɒpskɒtʃ] Ninfernáculo m, rayuela f (LAm)
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[ˈhɒpskɒtʃ] nmarelle f
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[ˈhɒpˌskɒtʃ] ncampana (gioco infantile)
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(hop) past tense, past participle hopped verb
1. (of people) to jump on one leg. The children had a competition to see who could hop the farthest; He hopped about in pain when the hammer fell on his foot.
2. (of certain small birds, animals and insects) to jump on both or all legs. The sparrow/frog hopped across the lawn.
3. to jump. He hopped (over) the fence and ran away; He hopped out of bed.
4. (with in(to), ~out (of)) to get into or out of a car etc. The car stopped and the driver told the hikers to hop in; I'll hop out of the car at the next crossroads.
1. a short jump on one leg.
2. (of certain small birds, animals and insects) a short jump on both or all legs. The sparrow crossed the lawn in a series of hops.
ˈhopscotch (-skotʃ) noun
a game played usually by children in which they hop into a series of squares drawn on the ground. The children are playing hopscotch on the pavement.
catch (someone) on the hop
to do something to (someone) when he is not prepared.
keep (someone) on the hop
to keep (someone) busy, active etc.
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References in classic literature ?
there's a fellow whose soul is made like the other one's body!" Or a band of schoolboys and street urchins, playing hop-scotch, rose in a body and saluted him classically, with some cry in Latin: " Eia!
It is a mixture of "hop-scotch" and shuffleboard played with a crutch.
"This included picking up small cereal puffs with chop-sticks, a balance hop-scotch, move-the-cup across a string by blowing through a straw for pulmonary health, squirt-down targets for hand-eye coordination, and more."
Other times it was hop-scotch, whip and top or skipping."
Sunrise couldn't come quick enough, and when the birds did start moving they played hop-scotch on the water instead of heading to the fields.
At best, the Congress is playing hop-scotch, jumping from one square to another.
Margaret Smith: Elastics, curly cabbages, red light, two-baller, roller skates, knockie nine doors, top and whip, hop-scotch, a ball inside a stocking tied to your leg to jump over.
hop-scotch should be skipped by girls smacking Mary mack-mack, oh no, I
Games like hop-scotch kept us amused as well as cowboys and Indians.
Hop-scotch, of course, and skipping rope and all those imaginative ones where you're characters from stories.
You would be playing with skipping ropes, kicking a ball, juggling balls off walls, chalking the street with hop-scotch boxes and whizzing around on your bike.
"This tour is so brief and more like a little hop-scotch around Europe and North America.