pass-the-parcel


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pass-the-parcel

n
(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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A DEBT-LADEN grandad was caught with a 'drug-dealing pass-the-parcel' while acting as a criminal courier.
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.
Summary: French authorities are playing "pass-the-parcel" with refugees says a charity worker after the opening of a new shelter in Calais.
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In this pass-the-parcel process, the transaction that remained for the Commission to look at posed no particular competition problems.
There was also a meal, Hallowe'en themed pass-the-parcel, a quiz and dance competition.
Big Brother bosses showed their wicked sense of humour by handing the warring housemates a pass-the-parcel game as a task.
Although Centro has issued a cautious welcome, its private feelings are probably more akin to waiting in line in a game of pass-the-parcel - except in this game, the parcel is primed and ready to blow up in its face at any minute.