cat's cradle

noun

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


CAT'S CRADLE Defined for English Language Learners

cat's cradle

noun

Definition of cat's cradle for English Language Learners

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

  • : something that is very complicated


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