musical chairs


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musical chairs

pl.n. (used with a sing. verb)
1. A game in which players walk to music around a group of chairs containing one chair fewer than the number of players and rush to sit down when the music stops. The player left standing in each round is eliminated.
2. Informal A rearrangement, as of the elements of a problem, having little practical influence or significance.

musical chairs

n (functioning as singular)
1. (Games, other than specified) a party game in which players walk around chairs while music is played, there being one fewer chair than players. Whenever the music stops, the player who fails to find a chair is eliminated
2. any situation involving a number of people in a series of interrelated changes

mu′sical chairs′


n.
1. a children's game in which players march to music around a set of chairs one less in number than the number of players, the object being to find a seat when the music stops abruptly.
2. a situation or series of events in which jobs, decisions, prospects, etc., are changed with confusing rapidity.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.musical chairs - a child's game in which players march to music around a group of chairs that contains one chair less than the number of playersmusical chairs - a child's game in which players march to music around a group of chairs that contains one chair less than the number of players; when the music abruptly stops the players scramble to sit and the player who does not find a chair is eliminated; then a chair is removed and the march resumes until only the winner is seated
child's game - a game enjoyed by children
2.musical chairs - a rearrangement that has no practical effect or significance; "the company is looking for stability after years of musical chairs with directors"; "shareholders don't want the company playing musical chairs with their investment"
rearrangement - changing an arrangement
Translations
Reise nach Jerusalem
juego de las sillas
tuolileikki
jeu de la chaise musicale
gioco della sediagioco delle sedieviavai
dança das cadeiras
hela havet stormar

musical chairs

nsggioco delle sedie (in cui bisogna sedersi non appena cessa la musica) (fig) → scambio delle poltrone
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