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cat's cradle

noun

Simple Definition of cat's cradle

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

  • : something that is very complicated

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cat's cradle

  1. 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. 2 :  something that is intricate, complicated, or elaborate <a cat's cradle of red tape>

Examples of cat's cradle in a sentence

  1. a cat's cradle of government regulations



Illustration of cat's cradle

1754

First Known Use of cat's cradle

1754


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