from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A children's game in which one player having a handkerchief drops it behind any one of the others, who are formed in a ring, and tries to escape within the ring before being kissed.
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Shortly afterward, Loring, in high glee, separated Polly from a hilarious game of drop-the-handkerchief.
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