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nursery rhyme

noun
1.
a short, simple poem or song for very young children, as Hickory Dickory Dock.
Origin of nursery rhyme
1835-1845
1835-45
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  • To propose in a nursery rhyme was something that shocked his sense of fitness.

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  • It was very popular in his day, and the nursery rhyme of Who killed Cock robin?

  • His mother's cupboard was never known to be in the condition of Old Mother Hubbard's, described in the nursery rhyme.

  • Verse quotations may be taken from a well-known poem, a popular song, a nursery rhyme, or even doggerel verse.

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  • They were eyes that would haunt his sleep that night like the face of the drowned man in the nursery rhyme.

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  • Like Jack for a boy, with which it is often coupled, as in the nursery rhyme, it is used as a homely generic name for a girl.

  • Olive, seeing her counting out her money, like the queen in the nursery rhyme, had stopped short near the door.

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  • No Anglo-Saxon can see them without thinking of the nursery rhyme of the "wise men of Gotham who went to sea in a tub."

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British Dictionary definitions for nursery rhyme

nursery rhyme

noun
1.
a short traditional verse or song for children, such as Little Jack Horner
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