a game of musical chairs

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a game of musical chairs

A situation in which people or things are moved, shuffled, or rearranged from one position to another. After the boss resigned, it was a regular game of musical chairs in the company to figure out who would take over for whom. It's been a game of musical chairs trying to create enough space in the living room for Alex's birthday party this weekend.
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Evita's early lovers parade through a literal revolving door, while Peron rises through the ranks of Argentina's ruling military clique in a game of musical chairs in which thuggish, cigar-chomping officers grimly circle a dwindling row of rocking chairs.
The reality could be more like a game of musical chairs with a twist - all subscribers will be able to get up and switch operators, but when they sit down again, some of the operators' chairs may be empty.