play musical chairs

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play musical chairs

1. Literally, to play the children's game known as "musical chairs," in which participants walk around a circle of chairs until the music stops and each person tries to sit on a chair. There are always fewer chairs than players, and the person who remains standing is removed from the game after each round, until only one remains. 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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You nervously refused to sit next to me, so we played musical chairs around the sitting room to the sound of you droning on about politics, the weather and the Leveson Inquiry before you made me sleep in a single bed in your spare room.
After the feed it was all fun and games as everyone played musical chairs and grooved during a dance contest.
The Cubs have played musical chairs with their QBs this year, and no one seems to be grabbing the last chair.
We played musical chairs, tug-of-war where everyone joined in, but the nuns only watched and cheered us.
After three or four minutes, we'd all be back in the living room, having played musical chairs with everyone but my dad, to experience the latest outrage.
The top table, which featured personalities like Robson Green, Sir Bobby Robson, Glenn McCrory, Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy, Denise Welch, Alan Shearer and Mark Knopfler, played musical chairs as they caught up with each other's gossip.
Charlotte Repertory Theatre staff played musical chairs this summer as Matt Olin, the managing director since 2001, announced that he would depart in order to pursue a producing career.
We played musical chairs, musical statues and, erm .
IT SEEMS THAT AN UNCOMMONLY large number of artistic directors and executive directors of dance companies played musical chairs this year.
On came Jeffers and Ball, into midfield went Hutchison and the defence played musical chairs with Unsworth going to centre-back and Xavier to right-back.
The five-piece played musical chairs as bassist Bob Moore switched to guitar, the guitarist took to the drumkit and Finn himself played bass.
Some played musical chairs with egg crates, while others played shuffleboard with tuna cans.
It was the year that Delphi filed for Chapter 11, the management at DaimlerChrysler played musical chairs and GM finally split with Fiat.
They could have played musical chairs and pass the buck.
After graduating last June, the teen with olive eyes and pink Ugg boots hung out with a friend at The Commons at Calabasas, where they played musical chairs to skirt the clouds of tobacco smoke.