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"Murray's Dictionary" are as under
1768. Tucker .Lt. Nat. (1852) I.388.
An ingenious play they call cat's cradle;
one ties the two ends of a pack thread
together, & then winds it about his
fingers, another with both hands takes
it off perhaps in the shape of a grid-
iron, the first takes it from him
again in another form, & so on
alternately changing the packthread
into a multitude of figures whose
names I forget, it being so many
years since I played it myself.
1823. Lamb. Christ's Hospital
326. Weaving those ingenious paren-
theses they called cats cradles.
1867. Trollope. Chron. Basset. II. 67. ^xviii
246. Old Mr. Harding. ... was in bed
playing cat's- cradle with Posy.

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