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|part of speech:
||a children's game in which players toss a stone onto a pattern of numbered squares drawn on the ground. The players then hop or jump from square to square, picking up the stone as they move.
The word hopscotch
was first used in English about 200 years ago. It was formed from the English words "hop" and "scotch." "Scotch" means "to cut a line into."