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- n. a children's game in which the players dance around in a circle and at a given signal all squat
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The Indian reserves came on quickly & there was a game of ring-a-rosy around the woods between the 4 Stugs, 3 Churchills & 4 M10s.
And instead of the tremendous winging excitement he had expected (or perhaps fear, or awe), there was nothing but the dim, atavistic guilt for the sudden, raging hate of his own blood moments earlier and the endless ring-a-rosy of the childhood song:
They adorn themselves in haste, fantastically, to charm him, with the flowers of the garden; singing a wooing song, of the most melting, persuasive, irresistible, they weave around him, circling as in a child's game of ring-a-rosy, sweeping the heady perfumes of their garlands under his nostrils.
I can tell you how she dance down the meadows in the ring-a-rosy play and how she -- "