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Olly olly oxen free?

Olly olly out are free?

I think we said that "oxen free" one in New York where I grew up, but it makes no sense. What did others say?
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In NH it was "Olly olly in-free," but I've heard the "oxen" one - long before I knew what oxen were!
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CJ
Ah! I thought I had seen a thread about it once, but my search skills are not great.

All ye, all ye, walk in free!

Unlike "red rover," few people have chipped a tooth playing hide and seek.

Did you ever play "sardines"? That's when one person hides, and the first person to find that person hides along with him, until there are a bunch of you jammed in like sardines. At some point, someone's leg or head is clearly visible and so the jig is up, but I loved sardines even more than hide and seek!
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Did you ever play "sardines"? That's when one person hides, and the first person to find that person hides along with him, until there are a bunch of you jammed in like sardines. At some point, someone's leg or head is clearly visible and so the jig is up, but I loved sardines even more than hide and seek!

That's a game that older folk could play without risk. Never heard of it.
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