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Chinese puzzle

noun
  1. a very complicated puzzle.
  2. anything very complicated or perplexing.
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Origin of Chinese puzzle

First recorded in 1805–15
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British Dictionary definitions for chinese puzzle

Chinese puzzle

noun
  1. an intricate puzzle, esp one consisting of boxes within boxes
  2. a complicated problem
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