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puss in the corner

or pussy wants a corner

a parlor game for children in which one player in the middle of a room tries to occupy any of the positions along the walls that become vacant as other players dash across to exchange places at a signal.
Origin of puss in the corner
1705-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Like puss-in-the-corner," said Rose, who had followed her mother and father to the other end of the room.

  • But a child who had never been taught could not play puss-in-the-corner.'

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • At last, so far as could be gathered, none of them had noticed Nettie since they began “puss-in-the-corner.”

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "I can play at wild beasts, and puss-in-the-corner, and 'ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross,'" she told my mother over my head.

    The Chronicles of Rhoda Florence Tinsley Cox
  • When you are little you play tag and puss-in-the-corner and other things, and run about full of fun.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • We want a game of puss-in-the-corner, and the silliest and youngest among us are going to play.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • I played tag and puss-in-the-corner in the schoolyard, and did everything that was comrade-like.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • puss-in-the-corner, the game of forfeits—blind-man's-buff entertain the young folks.

    Gifts of Genius Various
  • Besides, puss-in-the-corner is no better fun in a silver room than in a plastered nursery.

    Five Mice in a Mouse-trap Laura E. Richards

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