from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A race in which the contestants (men or horses) are required to jump over hurdles or similar obstacles.


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  • When the late lamented Lord Glenlivat, who broke his neck at a hurdle-race, at the premature age of twenty-four, was at the

    The Book of Snobs 2006

  • Conseil-Général (handicap) at Lyons, and in September won at Vincennes the hurdle-race Prix de Charenton; the marquis de Caumont-Laforce, whose colors were first this summer at Moulins in the Prix du

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 26, September, 1880 Various

  • Mammas and daughters agreed in looking upon us as undeniable partners in the ballroom, while the sporting men booked us as safe for getting up a creditable four-oar, with a strong probability of finding a light weight willing to risk his neck and reputation at a hurdle-race.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843 Various

  • The hurdle-race was productive of some discomfort.

    The Head of Kay's 1928

  • Then, just before the hurdle-race, fellows with "correct cards" hastily totted up the points each house had won up-to-date.

    The Head of Kay's 1928

  • Neatly as the boy Pretty ever skimmed a hurdle in a hurdle-race, the boat skimmed the gulf of water.

    The Dozen from Lakerim Rupert Hughes 1914

  • The scenario will lead up to these models for climaxes and hold them together in the celestial hurdle-race.

    The Art of the Moving Picture Vachel Lindsay 1905

  • The plot of the Action Photoplay is literally or metaphorically a chase down the road or a hurdle-race.

    The Art of the Moving Picture Vachel Lindsay 1905

  • ` ` It's a choice between a hurdle-race through these gardens, a cat-walk along this wall, and a descent into the cutting, '' he reflected.

    The Lunatic At Large 1905

  • It is no use for a lame man entering for a hurdle-race.

    Red Pottage Mary Cholmondeley 1892


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