puss in the corner

or pussy wants a corner



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
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Examples from the Web for puss in the corner

Historical Examples of puss in the corner

  • But a child who had never been taught could not play Puss-in-the-Corner.'

    Lad: A Dog

    Albert Payson Terhune

  • At last, so far as could be gathered, none of them had noticed Nettie since they began “Puss-in-the-corner.”

  • "I can play at wild beasts, and puss-in-the-corner, and 'ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross,'" she told my mother over my head.

    The Chronicles of Rhoda

    Florence Tinsley Cox

  • 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.