cat's cradle

noun

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

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Examples of cat's cradle in a Sentence

a cat's cradle of government regulations

First Known Use of cat's cradle

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cat's cradle was in 1754

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“Cat's cradle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cat%27s%20cradle. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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cat's cradle

noun

English Language Learners 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

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