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cat's cradle

cat's cradle

noun

: a game played with a string that is wrapped around your fingers in complex patterns

: something that is very complicated

Full Definition of CAT'S CRADLE

1
:  a game in which a string looped in a pattern like a cradle on the fingers of one person's hands is transferred to the hands of another so as to form a different figure
2
:  something that is intricate, complicated, or elaborate <a cat's cradle of red tape>

Examples of CAT'S CRADLE

  1. a cat's cradle of government regulations

Illustration of CAT'S CRADLE

First Known Use of CAT'S CRADLE

1754

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