christmas cracker

Main Entry:  Christmas cracker
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a cardboard tube wrapped in colored paper, that opens with an explosive noise and releases a party favor when both its ends are pulled; also called cracker, cracker bonbon
Example:  The cracker is pulled by two people, and, much in the manner of a wishbone, the cracker splits unevenly - and is very popular in the UK, Australia, and Canada.
Etymology:  1841's 21st Century Lexicon
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