play musical chairs

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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