noughts and crosses

noughts-and-crosses

[nawts-uhn-kraw-siz, -kros-iz]
noun (used with a singular verb) British.
tick-tack-toe ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1890–95

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noughts and crosses
 
n
(functioning as singular) tick-tack-toe, US and Canadian term: crisscross a game in which two players, one using a nought, "O", the other a cross, "X", alternately mark one square out of nine formed by two pairs of crossed lines, the winner being the first to get three of his symbols in a row

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