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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