ring around the rosy

ring-around-the-rosey

[ring-uh-round-thuh-roh-zee]
noun
a children's game in which the players sing while going around in a circle and squat when the lyrics “all fall down” are sung.
Also, ring-around-the-rosy, ring-around-a-rosey.


Origin:
1880–85; probably rose1 + -ey2

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