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[nawts-uh n-kraw-siz, -kros-iz] /ˈnɔts ənˈkrɔ sɪz, -ˈkrɒs ɪz/
noun, (used with a singular verb) British.
tick-tack-toe (def 1).
Origin of noughts-and-crosses
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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British Dictionary definitions for noughts and crosses

noughts and crosses

(functioning as sing) 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 row US and Canadian term tick-tack-toe, (US) crisscross
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