puss in the corner

or pussy wants a corner

  1. a parlor game for children in which one player in the middle of a room tries to occupy any of the positions along the walls that become vacant as other players dash across to exchange places at a signal.

Origin of puss in the corner

First recorded in 1705–15

Words Nearby puss in the corner

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How to use puss in the corner in a sentence

  • “I should thoroughly enjoy seeing Mary Mallison playing puss-in-the-corner,” Martin declared, and beat a hasty retreat.

    Lady Cassandra | Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  • When you are little you play tag and puss-in-the-corner and other things, and run about full of fun.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston | Amanda Millie Douglas
  • "Like puss-in-the-corner," said Rose, who had followed her mother and father to the other end of the room.

  • Miss Carter was called loudly by Maud, who requested her to help the little ones to play Puss-in-the-corner.

    A Modern Tomboy | L. T. Meade
  • We want a game of Puss-in-the-corner, and the silliest and youngest among us are going to play.

    A Modern Tomboy | L. T. Meade