pass the parcel


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pass the parcel

1. A children's party game in which participants pass around a prize wrapped in several layers of paper to accompanying music, with the child left holding the parcel when the music ends being allowed to remove one layer of paper. The child who unwraps the final layer of paper wins the prize. We played pass the parcel at Janie's birthday party, but the boy sitting next to me won the prize.
2. By extension, a situation in which the ownership of, responsibility for, stakes in, or value of something is constantly changing or shifting. Hyphenated if used before a noun. The leaders of the police force have been accused of playing pass the parcel when it comes to accountability for police corruption, continuously changing positions and shifting blame. Talk about the sustainability and tenable value of new digital currencies in the future have so far been little more than pass-the-parcel speculation.
See also: parcel, pass

pass the parcel

a situation in which movement or exchange takes place, but no one gains any advantage.
Pass the parcel is the name of a children's game in which a parcel is passed round to the accompaniment of music. When the music stops, the child holding the parcel is allowed to open it.
1998 Times People who won the initial franchises have made the money…Any movement from now on is just a game of pass the parcel, really.
See also: parcel, pass
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Members of the Downs and Special Friends support group were part-way through a game of pass the parcel at their Christmas party when Asda's Sharon Kingswood handed over a Christmas card containing a cheque for PS6,000.
Mr Caskie led the children and adults in games of pass the parcel, Christmas corners, musical bumps, the Hokey Cokey and many more.
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Afterwards the children had a chance to take pictures with Air Seychelles crew, play games such as musical chairs, pass the parcel and musical statues, as well as have their faces painted and their make-up done in the style of Air Seychelles cabin crew.
THEATRE Pongo's Party Featuring the voices of Justin Fletcher and Nicole Davis from CBeebies as Pongo the Pig and Molly-Moo the Cow, there's a huge game of pass the parcel and the largest children's band in town.
People dressed as Sylvanian characters delighted the crowd with live performances of singing and dancing throughout the day and there was also a host of fun activities for young fans to do, including face painting, a giant pass the parcel, musical chairs, colouring and other party games.
It will feature pass the parcel, Zumba, a drumming workshop, a ceilidh band, Punch and Judy and henna painting.
In the 1970s schools would still continue to have Christmas parties which consisted of games such as pass the parcel and statues, and traditional dances.
It sounds a bit like a back to front pass the parcel, with the people moving and the prize staying put.
And don't get me started on pass the parcel, with a prize required in every layer rather than one at the end.
Forget cakes, candles and pass the parcel, Debbie's livid and wants to know who's responsible.
After games of pass the parcel, musical bumps and statues, the children tucked into a tea of sandwiches, pizza, crisps, sausages and cake.
I excuse myself from pass the parcel, and switch on teletext.
London, Dec 9 (ANI): Britain has set a new record for the biggest ever pass the parcel, delivering over 10,000 pounds worth of toys to over 100 families during its 1,000 mile two-week tour of the UK.