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nounIrish English, English Regional, Scottish, Northern
Frequently in plural with singular concord. The game of hopscotch.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Dundee Magazine. Origin uncertain; perhaps an alteration (with omission of the ending and reduplication) of French palet a smooth round stone or piece of metal thrown in games like quoits from pale + -et. With some forms compare -y.
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