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ring-a-ring o' roses

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Definition of ring-a-ring o' roses in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A singing game played by children, in which the players hold hands and dance in a circle, falling down at the end of the song.
Example sentences
  • Come on, we're all going to play ring a ring o' roses now.
  • Kindergarten kids form a circle and sing "Ring a Ring O' Roses".
  • "Let’s play ring-around-a-rosy!" she declared.

Origin

said to refer to the inflamed (‘rose-coloured’) ring of buboes, symptomatic of the plague; the final part of the game is symbolic of death.

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