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- noun a children's game in which the players dance around in a circle and at a given signal all squat
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All girls do is to run and jump and play tag and ring-around-a-rosy and run errands, and dance!
Ruth Fielding of the Red Mill Or, Jasper Parloe's Secret Alice B. Emerson
The three executed for a few moments a hilarious ring-around-a-rosy about the table, till Felicia finally protested at the congealing state of the supper, and they all dropped breathless to their seats and fell to without more words.
The Happy Venture Edith Ballinger Price 1947
"With her ring-around-a-rosy curls!" supplemented Ruth, her own face breaking into laughter, as, caught by the infection of Fibsy's waggish gayety, she rounded out the phrase.
Vicky Van Carolyn Wells 1902
The teams lined up again and began playing "ring-around-a-rosy" to find who should make the next touchdown, when something happened.
At Good Old Siwash George Fitch 1896
The children roll and tumble on the sward in the intoxication of "swing-turn" and "ring-around-a-rosy."
The Uncalled A Novel Paul Laurence Dunbar 1889
Led by a silvery vision, Polly's guests formed a great ring-around-a-rosy for an opening measure, and the party began.