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.
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cat's cradle

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

cat’s cradle

nAbnehmespiel nt, → Fadenspiel nt
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cat's cradle

n (game) → ripiglino
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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.
After the first day Sir Sagramore forgot all about the giant, and seemed to want to do nothing else except have Yseult show him how to play cat's cradle. They were married two months later, and my father sent my sister Elaine to Camelot to ask for a knight to protect us against a wild unicorn.'
Just like any city in the country, electrical wires and cables ran like cat's cradle across Angeles's airscape-not a good thing when you want people to appreciate the architecture.
Vonnegut's views on religion seep through his works, such as Cat's Cradle, through the religion Bokonism which is based on the belief that all religions (including Bokonism) are lies but, at the same time it is a useful religion that sometimes offers profound insights into the human condition.
Their topics include the trickster as transgressor in traditional Korean society, flesh eaters and organ thieves: locating transgression in Korean cannibalism, the cat's cradle: middle-class optics of desire in Kim Ki-young's The Housemaid, and transgressive academic all-stars and conventional teen idols: school-age South Koreans and hakpumo (school parents) navigating the system.
His brow is a cat's cradle of creases, a web of dry riverbeds left by a life deluged with worries.
The only danger was that, if too many people were wearing them on the same night, the Bigg Market might end up looking like it had hosted a world record Cat's Cradle attempt.
Since the glass surface allows for the tape, or paper, or stray notepad markings to be viewed recto and verso, the blanched color of the wall here contributed to an errant sense of Cubist collage, an effect that counters the cat's cradle of the loosely geometric shapes delineated by the wire or cord.
In the (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D5bkr_YwzE) Season 3 teaser , which you can watch below, Mercy is seen playing a game known as cat's cradle with a young girl.
The clever comic numbers all work well and the interlocking ensembles form an exhilarating cat's cradle of music.
The end result of the dance would be either a plaited pattern of ribbons round the pole or a tangled cat's cradle.