cat's cradle (kăts) n.
1. A game in which a string is looped on the fingers to form an intricate pattern between a player's hands that can be successively varied or transferred to another player's hands.
2. An intricate pattern: “Their computers devised a cat's cradle of infinite complexity for the flight tracks of half a dozen space cameras around the globe's surface” (Frederick Forsyth).

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Universalium. 2010.

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