parlor game


Definition of parlor game

: a game suitable for playing indoors

Examples of parlor game in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Talk about potential replacements for Mulvaney has become a parlor game on Capitol Hill, where Republicans have noted his inability to constrain Trump or build a political and messaging operation dedicated to countering the impeachment inquiry. Philip Rucker, The Denver Post, "Republicans feel anxious and adrift defending Trump," 28 Oct. 2019 All but the most unfailingly articulate people make verbal slips at times, but Joe Biden’s foot-in-mouth affliction has become an amusing international parlor game. Conrad Black, National Review, "Joe Biden: Mediocrity Personified," 2 Oct. 2019 On its surface, stuff like the spiriting of Warren’s image into the world of Harry Potter is an innocent Internet parlor game., "What happens when politics is pushed into a pop culture box - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of parlor game

1854, in the meaning defined above

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of parlor game was in 1854

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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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not being in agreement or harmony

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