musical chairs, play
Move around from position to position, such as the jobs in an organization. For example, Bob took over for Tom, who took over for Mary, who got Bob's title—the boss loves to play musical chairs with the staff. This expression alludes to the children's game in which children walk around a number of seats while music plays, and there is one less chair than players. When the music stops the players must sit down, and the player who is left standing is eliminated. Then another chair is removed, and the game goes on until only one player is left sitting. [c. 1900]
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But I hope at least to play to him a few times, and what is more important, to hear him play repeatedly.
The crowd shuffled off in all directions, and then engaged in a confused struggle for the chairs.
All my musical studies till now have been a mere going to school, a preparation for him.
You see, they always butter their chairs so that they won't stick fast when they sit down.