cat's cradle


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cat's cradle

(kăts)
n.
1. A game in which a string is looped on the fingers to form an intricate pattern between a player's hands that can be successively varied or transferred to another player's hands.
2. An intricate pattern: a cat's cradle of conspiracies.

cat's cradle

n
(Games, other than specified) a game played by making intricate patterns with a loop of string between the fingers

cat's′ cra′dle


n.
a game in which two players alternately stretch a looped string over their fingers to produce different designs.
[1760–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cat's cradle - a game played with string looped over the fingerscat's cradle - a game played with string looped over the fingers
child's game - a game enjoyed by children

cat's cradle

noun
Something that is intricately and often bewilderingly complex:
entanglement, jungle, knot, labyrinth, maze, mesh (often used in plural), morass, skein, snarl, tangle, web.
Translations

cat's cradle

n (game) → ripiglino
References in classic literature ?
He's a bad kitten, Cousin Tabitha; he made a cat's cradle of my best bonnet last time I came to tea.
It had been her nature when a child never to quarrel with any one-- only to observe with wonder that they quarrelled with her, and looked like turkey-cocks; whereupon she was ready to play at cat's cradle with them whenever they recovered themselves.
THERE'S both a mystery and a problem to solve for the cast of Millennium Stage Productions' in their forthcoming performance of Cat's Cradle.
Sometimes we get into such a tangle, it's like a walking tribute to the cat's cradle.
Though Geekdad says kids can use string to hang things from doorknobs, make leashes for stuffed animals or play Cat's Cradle, I don't recall having any interest in such things.
He innocently gives a copy of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle to a teenage girl and his neighbors are righteously appalled.
As teens, they began turning up at the same all-ages rock shows, and started a short-lived project with a few friends; sensing that they shared a specific vision, they split off on their own, naming themselves after a chapter in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle.
During the course of the interview the sexual tension between them is palpable and just as Paden becomes saddened that the interview is coming to an end and she thinks she won't see him again, CJ invites her to come watch his band play at Nashville's popular downtown club called Cat's Cradle.
Smelling the roses: Cat's Cradle worked a half-mile Sunday in :48: 2/5 at Hollywood Park in preparation for Wednesday's $70,000-added Run For The Roses.
75,000 Cat's Cradle Handicap, California-bred fillies and mares 3 and up, 7 1/2 furlongs.
The highly anticipated road jaunt kicks off February 7 at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, Connecticut.
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