pass-the-parcel


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pass-the-parcel

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(Games, other than specified) a children's game in which a parcel with lots of wrappings is passed round while music plays; each time the music stops the person holding the parcel takes a layer of wrapping off
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It's an improvement on his first attempts at joining in; at his third birthday party he had to be dragged off the winner of pass-the-parcel and consoled because he had lost.
Paranoid delusions in a murder mystery wrapped up in a pass-the-parcel game.
JEDWARD were the unwanted pass-the-parcel gift that nobody wanted over the holidays.
If instead they looked back with a critical eye at the pass-the-parcel politics of post-war Britain they would likely see that despite the natty soundtrack of New Labour, things have not got better.
This game of pass-the-parcel with the refugees of Europe is playing into the hands of the people smugglers, who have no interest ultimately in where these people end up.
This sort of pass-the-parcel approach to patient care is not good for the people needing treatment and it paints a false picture about how long they have to spend in A& E.
In this pass-the-parcel process, the transaction that remained for the Commission to look at posed no particular competition problems.
One in three of the children, aged five to 13, said they enjoy traditional party games such as pass-the-parcel, although almost half prefer to have a bouncy castle.
There was also a meal, Hallowe'en themed pass-the-parcel, a quiz and dance competition.