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musical chairs

noun
  1. Also called going to Jerusalem. a game in which players march to music around two rows of chairs placed back to back, there being one chair less than the number of players, the object being to find a seat when the music stops abruptly. The player failing to do so is removed from the game, together with one chair, at each interval.
  2. Informal. a situation or series of events in which jobs, decisions, prospects, etc., are changed with confusing rapidity.
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Origin of musical chairs

First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for musical chairs

musical chairs

noun (functioning as singular)
  1. a party game in which players walk around chairs while music is played, there being one fewer chair than players. Whenever the music stops, the player who fails to find a chair is eliminated
  2. any situation involving a number of people in a series of interrelated changes
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