cat's cradle

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noun
  1. a children's game in which two players alternately stretch a looped string over their fingers in such a way as to produce different designs.
  2. the intricate design formed by the string in this game.
  3. intricacy; complexity.

Origin of cat's cradle

First recorded in 1760–70

Cat's Cradle

noun
  1. a novel (1963) by Kurt Vonnegut.
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British Dictionary definitions for cat's cradle

cat's cradle

noun
  1. a game played by making intricate patterns with a loop of string between the fingers
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