Hunt-the-slipper

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hunt-the-slipper an old-fashioned game in which one in the middle of a ring tries to catch a shoe which those forming the ring upon the ground shove about under their hams from one to another
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. huntian; A.S. hentan, to seize.

Usage

In literature:

They played at Cache Couteau or Hunt the Slipper.
"Jasmin: Barber, Poet, Philanthropist" by Samuel Smiles
He is always playing at hunt-the-slipper in politics.
"Table-Talk" by William Hazlitt
Battledoor and shuttlecock and hunt-the-slipper have also their attractions.
"The Last Chronicle of Barset" by Anthony Trollope
Hunt the Slipper; A.E.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
But that bitter truth did not make less keen our hunt the slipper pursuit of Christmas fare.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
They play "blindman's buff," and "hunt the slipper," and handball and football.
"Big People and Little People of Other Lands" by Edward R. Shaw
It will be a game of hunt the twins, instead of hunt the slipper.
"The Little Colonel's House Party" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Hunt for the Slipper!
"Verses for Children" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
In the evening, the little ones play blind-man's-bluff, or hunt-the-slipper.
"The Nursery, No. 109, January, 1876, Vol. XIX." by Unknown
Then she goes down upon the floor inelegantly, hunts for her slippers, and puts them on.
"The 'Mind the Paint' Girl" by Arthur Pinero
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In poetry:

Old happiness is grey as we,
And we may still outstrip her;
If we be slippered pantaloons,
Oh let us hunt the slipper!
"A Dedication To E.C.B." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton