hare and hounds

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hare and hounds an outdoor game; one group of players (the hares) start off on a long run scattering bits of paper (the scent) and pursuers (the hounds) try to catch them before they reach a designated spot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hare and hounds a game played by men and boys, two, called hares, having a few minutes' start, and scattering bits of paper to indicate their course, being chased by the others, called the hounds, through a wide circuit.
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Idioms

Run with the hare and hunt with the hounds - This means to be a member of or to support two groups that are at odds with each other.
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Running with the hare and hunting with the hounds - If someone is running with the hare and hunting with the hounds, they are trying to support or go with two opposing views, causes or factions at the same time.
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Usage

In literature:

All might have gone well had not the smaller girls suddenly decided to play hare and hound, and it fell to Peace's lot to be the hare.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
DEAR ST. NICHOLAS: A party of us boys read about "Hare and Hounds" in the October number, and we tried the game the Saturday after.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, V. 5, April 1878" by Various
The following day was fixed for the run, and promptly at two o'clock the hare and hounds assembled.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Being fond of sport, he proposed to have a course; and a hare being started, he incited the hounds to run.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
You're not supposed to do hare-and-hounds in football.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
The hound and the hare, the butterfly and the grub, and the strange birds make up one of the most typical Stuart pictures.
"Chats on Old Lace and Needlework" by Emily Leigh Lowes
Life had been a constant game of hare and hounds, with the pack frequently close at his heels.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
My Lord of Lancaster had run too long with the hounds to be able all suddenly to turn him around and flee with the hare.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
He did find the difficulty of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
The handicap given the hares should be small, depending on the running abilities of the hares and hounds.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
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In poetry:

"Gin my young sons were seven young hares,
Running oer yon lilly lee,
And I were a grew hound mysell,
Soon worried they a' should be."
"Fair Annie" by Andrew Lang
I see th' inferior Dev'lings, there,
Each sinner's soul and body tear,
As hounds, that almost famish'd are,
Through hunger tear a hind, or hare.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
A troop of merry girls, the foremost I,
With naked feet and wildly-streaming hair,
Rush'd through Drumpellier woods with whoop and cry;
Our merry romping game was hound and hare.
"Elegy" by Janet Hamilton
"UP, Timothy, up with your staff and away!
Not a soul in the village this morning will stay;
The hare has just started from Hamilton's grounds,
And Skiddaw is glad with the cry of the hounds."
"The Childless Father" by William Wordsworth
Where is she now? Regretted not, though departed,
Blessings attend and follow her all her days!
--Look to your hound: he dreams of the hares he started,
Whines, and awakes, and stretches his limbs to the blaze.
"Christmas Eve" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
Blow North-North-West, and hollow the sails
Of a Queen who slips over the sea
As a hare from the hounds; and her covert afar;
And now she can only flee;
And death before and the sisterly shore
That smiles perfidiously.
"Crossing Solway" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

Wire photos Hare and Hounds running takes you through trails.
Over the three day festival, thousands people will enjoy early evening balloon glows, morning balloon launches and landings, plus The Hare and Hound, a traditional hot air ballooning race.
Beta and Purvines to go hare and hound racing.
Kurt Caselli claimed his sixth win of the year to cap a very competitive Hare and Hound season.
A hound spotted a hare and gave chase.
Michael Allen out racing the rebuilt YZ250 at the National Hare and Hound races, racking up the hours on fresh engine.
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In science:

We used simulated data generated within the AsteroFLAG team for hare-and-hounds exercises (Chaplin et al. 2008).
On the likelihood-ratio test applied in asteroseismology for mode identification
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