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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 hyhenated. Discussion about the sustainability and tenable value of new digital currencies has 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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Ms Faux told the court the many layers of packaging meant it was 'essentially a drugdealing pass-the-parcel.'.
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Unfortunately they seem to have taken the pleasure of pass-the-parcel into their professional adult lives.
This honour has become something of a pass-the-parcel affair, with the possibility existing of Everton having at least four (or even five) captains on the pitch in one game.
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The truth is Mr Lenihan has zero credibility as an economic strategist and this amounts to the most expensive game of pass-the-parcel in history.
Until we stop this pass-the-parcel approach, we won't get anywhere!
Games were held including relay races, pass-the-parcel and even a chocolate eating game.
Clearly nobody explained to the organisers that it's a game of pass-the-parcel which must always end up with David Jason unwrapping a golden mask.
IT HAD more cheating and tantrum-throwing than you see in a pass-the-parcel contest at a two-year-old's birthday party, more over-the-top theatrics than you'll witness at an RSC funeral and the propaganda ITV passed off as objective commentary was as one-sided as you'll hear on any North Korean news bulletin.
But by Saturday night's absurdly childish pass-the-parcel game we were back in familiar Big Bore territory.
Shadow transport secretary Tim Collins challenged Mr Darling: "Aren't you just a fall-guy, the loser of pass-the-parcel, the last one left in the room where the integrated transport policy disintegrated in your hands?
But Hartson won't be playing pass-the-parcel if the Hammers are awarded any spot-kicks at Leicester tonight.