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a game in which the players march to music around empty chairs (always one fewer than the number of players) and rush to sit down each time the music stops: the player with no seat is eliminated in each round
plural noun(used with a sing. verb)
- A game in which players walk to music around a group of chairs containing one chair fewer than the number of players and rush to sit down when the music stops. The player left standing in each round is eliminated.
- Informal A rearrangement, as of the elements of a problem, having little practical influence or significance.
(plural musical chairs)
- (games) A children's game in which players circle a group of chairs. There is one chair fewer than the number of players. When someone who is not watching stops playing music, everybody sits down, and the player left without a chair is eliminated.
- (figuratively) Any activity which results in repeated, pointless shuffling of people or objects.