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pass the parcel
1. noun 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. noun By extension, a situation in which the ownership of, responsibility for, stakes in, or value of something is constantly changing or shifting. Police officials have been accused of playing pass the parcel when it comes to accountability for police corruption, continuously changing positions and shifting blame.
3. adjective Describing such a situation. Usually hyphenated. Discussion about the sustainability and tenable value of new digital currencies has so far been little more than pass-the-parcel speculation.
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pass the parcela 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.
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