Snakes-and-ladders meaning

A children's luck-based board game played on a numbered grid, the aim of which is to proceed to the end, and in which ladders aid progress and snakes impede it.
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(idiomatic, figuratively) Any situation in which people or events go forward and backward, seemingly at random.
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A British children's game in which dice are thrown to determine the moves of players' pieces around a board marked with pictures of snakes and ladders, which also affect the play.
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