play hide and seek

play hide and seek

Evade or seem to evade someone. For example, Bill is hard to pin down-he's always playing hide and seek. This expression alludes to the children's game in which one player tries to find others who are hiding. It has been used figuratively since the mid-1600s.
See also: and, hide, play, seek
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One night he was like, 'Come back and play hide and seek in the palace.
To set the record, at least ten groups with a minimum of 25 participants must play hide and seek at the same time across the country.
named Charlie who likes to play hide and seek and to goad Emily into mutilating her favorite dolls, and who suggests to Emily that ``he would have satisfied'' her now-absent mommy.