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Definition of cat's cradle noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


    cat's cradle

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  1. 1[uncountable] a game in which you wrap string around the fingers of both hands to make different patterns
  2. 2[countable] a pattern made with string in a game of cat's cradle (figurative) He sat on his heels, weaving an intricate cat's cradle of thread for the ship's rigging.
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