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- A child's game, in which a player, hopping on one foot, drives a stone from one compartment to another of a figure traced or scotched on the ground.
- 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 5]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare and Company, […], →OCLC:
- No-one. Meade’s timberyard. Piled balks. Ruins and tenements. With careful tread he passed over a hopscotch court with its forgotten pickeystone.
hopscotch (third-person singular simple present hopscotches, present participle hopscotching, simple past and past participle hopscotched)
- (intransitive, figuratively) To move by hopping.
- 2022 April 6, Michael Steinberger, “How the ‘Homeless Billionaire’ Became a Philosopher King”, in The New York Times, →ISSN:
- As he hopscotched around the world on his Gulfstream IV — he got rid of his homes but kept his private plane — he found himself spending more and more time in Los Angeles, and he also rediscovered his interest in politics and philosophy.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To move back and forth between adjacent patterns by hopping. (Can we add an example for this sense?)