parlor game


Definition of parlor game

: a game suitable for playing indoors

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For some, evidently, this requires replacing the usual parlor games with something more aggressively masculine. Carina Chocano, New York Times, "When Gender Reveal Videos Go Spectacularly, Cathartically Wrong," 1 Aug. 2019 Trying to guess who was behind the ads became something of a parlor game in some Beltway circles. New York Times, "Mystery Solved: Private-Equity-Backed Firms Are Behind Ad Blitz on ‘Surprise Billing’," 13 Sep. 2019 Once that parlor game ends, though, another one might begin that yields even longer speculation than Durant’s pending free agency. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Dominique Wilkins: ‘Kevin Durant is going to be fine’ post injury," 25 June 2019 Differentiating a great one from a good one from one who is utterly replaceable remains a parlor game for our eyes, often dependent on factors completely outside their control. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Masterful moves of coach Nick Nurse have Raptors on brink of first NBA title," 8 June 2019 Seeing as Cook doesn’t appear to going anywhere, the argument seems to be more parlor game than urgent analysis. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Jeff Williams May Not Be the Next Apple CEO—Data Sheet," 30 July 2019 And, of course, Bacon became a pop culture touchstone with the parlor game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, in which movie buffs tried to find the shortest link between him and any other actor. Los Angeles Times, "Kevin Bacon on his shockingly corrupt ‘City on a Hill’ FBI man and heroes vs. bad guys," 19 July 2019 Now After losing the race in 2018, Scholten’s political future became an Iowa parlor game. Lissandra Villa, Time, "Chuck Schumer Is Trying to Clear the Iowa Senate Primary," 24 June 2019 As early as the 1870s, ladies’ magazines included suggestions for safe and organized Halloween celebrations, complete with crafts and parlor games. Regina Hansen, WSJ, "The Multicultural Past of Our Commercial Halloween," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of parlor game

1854, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of parlor game

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

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to fake an opponent out of position

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