parlor game


Definition of parlor game 

: a game suitable for playing indoors

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Drinks are also available for the guests, of course, and the show will also feature live music and parlor games for an interactive element. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 5 July 2018 In what has become a parlor game in Trump’s Washington, rumors swirled about Kelly’s fate Thursday as the president sounded out allies about potential replacements for the retired four-star general. Catherine Lucey, Time, "President Trump Floats Chief of Staff Replacements Amid Shake-Up," 29 June 2018 That curiosity, no surprise, has extended to the question of who will lead the venture—with the naming of various candidates turning into a public parlor game. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: JPM-Amazon-Berkshire Leaders, CRISPR and Cancer, Soon-Shiong IPO," 11 June 2018 And this has fostered a new parlor game, giving the President's wife free advice. Fox News, "Press pounds pardon story; 'Roseanne' reboot strikes chord," 1 Apr. 2018 This latest edition of musical investigation chairs, that old Washington parlor game, guaranteed that the Nunes's connection to the Russia spy controversy might throw the Alpha Omega Winery onto the defensive. Timothy J. Burger, Town & Country, "The Side Business Devin Nunes and Donald Trump Have in Common," 17 Apr. 2017 Well, the global economic recovery has now ticked all the boxes, and the new parlor game on Wall Street is predicting the top of the bull market and the peak of the economic cycle. Rob Curran, WSJ, "Test Your Smarts on...Stock-Market Cycles," 6 May 2018 As a starting point, Riley was inspired by an old parlor game invented by the surrealists called cadavre exquis, or Exquisite Corpse, in which one artist draws on a piece of paper, folds it back, and then passes it on to the next. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "Can a Parking Garage Be a Work of Art? In Miami It Can!," 26 Apr. 2018 Speculation over the fate of the Kushner Companies’ flagship Fifth Avenue office tower has replaced Monopoly as the favorite parlor game of the real estate set. Charles V. Bagli, New York Times, "Kushners ‘Negotiating Now,’ Over Sale of Flagship Building," 9 Apr. 2018

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of parlor game

: a game (such as a board game, card game, or guessing game) that you play inside your home

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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