Definition of whack-a-mole in English:

whack-a-mole

Syllabification: whack-a-mole
Pronunciation: /ˈwakəˌmōl
 
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noun

North American
  • 1 (also • trademark Whac-a-Mole) An arcade game in which players use a mallet to hit toy moles, which appear at random, back into their holes: next time you are near a kiddie amusement park, go in and play a round of whack-a-mole
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    • Gator Panic wasn't even a proper arcade game, but actually a redemption game much like Whack-a-Mole.
    • It not only offers unmatched productivity, but the very best in light entertainment as well, including skee-ball, whack-a-mole and 3D virtual lawn bowling!
    • Not that I love hanging crepe but the next time you are near a kiddie amusement park, go in and play a round of Whack-a-Mole.
  • 1.1Used with reference to a situation in which attempts to solve a problem are piecemeal or superficial, resulting only in temporary or minor improvement: the site’s security team has an ongoing battle against spammers, but it’s a game of whack-a-mole
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    • If the music industry is really concerned with protecting their investments, they could quit wasting their time with endless games of whack-a-mole (go after Napster, Audiogalaxy pops up, go after Audiogalaxy, hello Kazaa and so on).
    • Once I'm done playing whack-a-mole on the hype surrounding this issue, and we complete some other tests, I'll publish what we've found.
    • It was further suggested that money managers would become more important, because retail investors would not be able to play whack-a-mole (my term, not his).

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