play musical chairs

play musical chairs

1. Literally, to play the game known as "musical chairs," in which participants walk around a circle of chairs until the music stops and each person tries to secure a chair. As there are not enough chairs in the circle, the unsuccessful person is then removed from the game. Mommy, can we play musical chairs at my birthday party?
2. To move, shuffle, or rearrange people from one position to another, as in a group or organization. After the boss resigned, everyone started playing musical chairs in the company to figure out who would take over for whom. We've been playing musical chairs trying to create enough space in the living room for Alex's birthday party this weekend.
See also: chair, musical, play
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e former farm hand was one of 15 children and often regails members of the club with tales of having to borrow seats from the neighbours if they wanted to play musical chairs.
Bookies reckon producers will play musical chairs, which will be a lot more musical than the acts.
True humility takes the lowest place and is content to be there without hoping to play musical chairs for a higher position.
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They are not asking for higher wages or new contracts or better conditions, but they want to deliver a message to Lebanon's ceaselessly bickering political class that the nation's economy is falling apart while politicians play musical chairs over Cabinet shares.
Always have, since I was a child and we had to play musical chairs (now mercifully banned by Elfin Safety) and spar with someone's faintly sinister uncle, who would desperately try to inveigle us into saying a forbidden word like "sausages".
New York City's commercial leasing and sales brokers continue to play musical chairs.
WHEN THE MUSIC STOPS: Owen Coyle is among the latest group of bosses to play musical chairs on the managerial front
30pm, but arrive earlier if you want to play musical chairs with the pensioners.
Recent Welsh rugby history is littered with number 10s forced to play musical chairs by coaches embroiled in the great fly half debate.
Sir Paul McCartney, with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, laughs as the models play musical chairs on the catwalk Pictures: ANDREW TEEBAY/ at010608bstella-3; A smiling Stella McCartney with Stella Loves Liverpool badge Code: at010608bstella-1; The models play musical chairs on the catwalk as part of the show Code: at010608bstella-6; Among fashion show guests - Coleen McLoughlin
He notes that he believes in a strict compartmentalization of services--at his firm, people stay in the departments they were hired for and rarely play musical chairs.