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RELEASE, v., n. Also Sc. forms ‡releash (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), †releich, obs. in Eng. from 15th c. (s.Sc. 1857 H. S. Riddell Psalms cxix. 32). See S, 6. (3).

Sc. usages: a variety of the game of tig in which the players who have been touched by the catcher may be released by the touch of a free player (ne.Sc., em.Sc.(a), wm.Sc. 1968). Cf. Relievo. Gsw. 1956  Bulletin (14 July) 4:
I found that Cowboys and Indians still stalk through our seemingly innocent streets and lanes. The boys still play “Hunch-Cuddy-Hunch”, Release, and leapfrog.

[O.Sc. relesche, 1405.]

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