Meaning of cat's cradle

cat's' cra'dle

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  1. a children's game in which two players alternately stretch a looped string over their fingers in such a way as to produce different designs.
  2. the intricate design formed by the string in this game.
  3. intricacy; complexity.

Cat's' Cra'dle

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  1. a novel (1963) by Kurt Vonnegut.
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