musical chairs

noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Definition of musical chairs

: a game in which players march to music around a row of chairs numbering one less than the players and scramble for seats when the music stops also : a situation or series of events suggesting the game of musical chairs (as in rapid change or confusing activity)

Examples of musical chairs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Independent professionals are not caught up in this long game of musical chairs regarding the discussions and decisions around location flexibility. Camille Fetter, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Part of Carolina’s offensive problems could be attributed to the game of musical chairs played by the line throughout last season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 30 Mar. 2022 And then the quarterback musical chairs is going on. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Mar. 2022 So while the band has persevered through lineup changes that resemble a game of rock’n’roll musical chairs, Flea’s departure would be serious business indeed. Alan Light, SPIN, 5 Mar. 2022 Here’s a look at who’s locked-in, who’s likely to find one of the last musical chairs and who could be on the outside looking in even before cars hit the IMS oval. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Feb. 2022 Then Keaton tapped out, and thus began the Batman Hollywood musical chairs. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Jan. 2022 This was not a game of musical chairs that left Washington with nowhere to sit. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2022 Despite the musical chairs, the line gave up zero sacks and helped Sony Michel rush for more than 100 yards. Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of musical chairs

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of musical chairs was in 1877

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Last Updated

24 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Musical chairs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/musical%20chairs. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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