Definition of hare in English:

hare

Syllabification: hare
Pronunciation: /he(ə)r
 
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noun

1A fast-running, long-eared mammal that resembles a large rabbit, having long hind legs and occurring typically in grassland or open woodland.
  • Lepus and other genera, family Leporidae: several species
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  • European game animals include various deer, wild boar, hare, and rabbit.
  • Three species of hares are native to California, the snowshoe, black-tailed, and white-tailed.
  • He said: ‘I've noticed an increase in birds and a lot more hares since the grassland has been in place.’
1.1 (also electric hare) A dummy hare propelled around the track in greyhound racing.
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  • The Legend of the Mick the Miller is both touching and funny, yet Michael Tanner's tale of the greatest greyhound ever to chase a mechanical hare is ultimately flawed.
  • And let's face it, you don't hear people at the greyhound track complaining that the hare's not real, do you?
  • They are, essentially, a covered bike rack for dogs, designed to line them up and point them unarguably in the same direction ready for the key moment when the hare goes by.

verb

[no object] chiefly British Back to top  
Run with great speed: he hared off between the trees
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  • Mutu leaves Toure for dead, hares down the left wing and shoots from a narrow angle.
  • Then Harry came haring out of the bathroom like some over-protective mother bear and just about bit my head off.
  • He has already been haring about this morning, giving awards to schoolchildren and meeting with constituents.

Origin

Old English hara, of Germanic origin: related to Dutch haas and German Hase.

Phrases

run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

British Try to remain on good terms with both sides in a conflict or dispute.
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  • Or maybe, they wanted to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
  • The Washington Post has recently reported how the president continues to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
  • The reality is that you cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.

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