Definition of hare and hounds in English:

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hare and hounds

Pronunciation: /ˌher (ə)n(d) ˈhoundz/


A game in which a group of people (the “hounds”) chases across the countryside another person or group (the “hares”), who leave pieces of paper (the “scent”) behind them.
Example sentences
  • Cross-country running began in England in the early 19th century through a school game called ‘hare and hounds’ or ‘the paper chase.’
  • For the uninitiated, the Hash House Harriers were first established in Malaysia in 1938, when a group of British ex-pats had been meeting for regular ‘hare and hounds’ runs based on English public school paper chases.
  • Landlord James Butler is hosting a 60-strong group of runners from the Hash House Harriers running club who plan a one hour ‘hare and hounds’ event beginning at midday.

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Syllabification: hare and hounds

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