Definition of musical chairs noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    musical chairs

    BrE BrE//ˌmjuːzɪkl ˈtʃeəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmjuːzɪkl ˈtʃerz//
    [uncountable] Children's games
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  1. 1 a children’s game in which players run round a row of chairs while music is playing. Each time the music stops, players try to sit down on one of the chairs, but there are always more players than chairs. See related entries: Children's games
  2. 2(often disapproving) a situation in which people frequently exchange jobs or positions
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: musical chairs