ring around the rosy

ring around the rosy
ring-a-ring o' roses 7 [ˌrɪŋ ə rɪŋ ə ˈrəʊzɪz] [ˌrɪŋ ə rɪŋ ə ˈroʊzɪz] (BrE) (NAmE ˌring around the ˈrosy ; ) noun uncountable
a singing game played by children, in which the players hold hands and dance in a circle, falling down at the end of the song
 
Word Origin:
[ring-a-ring o' roses] said to refer to the inflamed (“rose-coloured”) ring of buboes, symptomatic of the plague; the final part of the game is symbolic of death.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • ring-around-the-rosy — noun a children s game in which the players dance around in a circle and at a given signal all squat • Syn: ↑ring around a rosy, ↑ring a rosy • Hypernyms: ↑game * * * noun see ring around a rosy …   Useful english dictionary

  • ring-around-the-rosy — also ring around a rosy noun Date: 1878 a children s singing game in which players dance around in a circle and at a given signal drop to the ground called also ring a rosy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Ring-around-the-rosy — Ring a|round the ros|y →↑ring a ring o roses …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ring-around-a-rosy — noun a children s game in which the players dance around in a circle and at a given signal all squat (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑ring around the rosy, ↑ring a rosy • Hypernyms: ↑game …   Useful english dictionary

  • ring-around-a-rosy — noun see ring around the rosy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ring-around-the-rosey — /ring euh rownd dheuh roh zee/, n. 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. [1880 85; prob. ROSE1 + EY2] * * * …   Universalium

  • ring-around-the-rosey — /ring euh rownd dheuh roh zee/, n. 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. [1880 85; prob. ROSE1 + EY2] …   Useful english dictionary

  • ring-a|round-a-ros|y — «RIHNG uh ROWND uh ROH zee», noun. = ring around the rosy. (Cf. ↑ring around the rosy) …   Useful english dictionary

  • ring-a-ring o' roses — 7 [ˌrɪŋ ə rɪŋ ə ˈrəʊzɪz] [ˌrɪŋ ə rɪŋ ə ˈroʊzɪz] (BrE) (NAmE ˌring around the ˈrosy ; ) noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ring a ring o' roses — Ring a ring o ros|es BrE Ring around the rosy AmE a children s singing game in which the children join hands and dance round in a circle singing: Ring a ring o roses/A pocket full of posies/A tishoo! A tishoo!/We all fall down. People believe it… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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