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|part of speech:
||a children's game in which players toss a small stone or other object onto a pattern of numbered squares drawn on the ground or pavement, and then hop or jump from one square to another, picking up the stone in the process.
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."