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Meaning of drop the handkerchief

drop' the hand'kerchief

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a children's game in which all the players but one stand in a circle facing inward, while that one player stealthily drops a handkerchief behind a player in the circle who must pursue and attempt to catch the one who dropped the handkerchief before the latter reaches the vacated place.
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