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noughts-and-crosses

[nawts-uh n-kraw-siz, -kros-iz]
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noun (used with a singular verb) British.
  1. tick-tack-toe(def 1).
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Origin of noughts-and-crosses

First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for noughts and crosses

noughts and crosses

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) a game in which two players, one using a nought, "O", the other a cross, "X", alternately mark one square out of nine formed by two pairs of crossed lines, the winner being the first to get three of his symbols in a rowUS and Canadian term: tick-tack-toe, (US) crisscross
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