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twister
/ˈtwɪstɝ/
noun
a physical game that is played on a large plastic mat with colorful circles, where players take turns spinning a wheel to determine which body part and which circle color to place it on, resulting in a tangled web of limbs and bodies as players contort themselves to avoid falling over
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wire loop game
/wˈaɪɚ lˈuːp ɡˈeɪm/
noun
a skill-based amusement game where players use a handheld wand to navigate along a twisted wire without touching it, avoiding triggering a buzzing sound
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laser tag
/lˈeɪzɚ tˈæɡ/
noun
a competitive game where players use handheld infrared-emitting devices to tag opponents' targets, simulating combat scenarios in a safe and fun environment
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cat's cradle
/kˈæts kɹˈeɪdəl/
noun
a game for children in which players wrap a string around their fingers and try to make different designs
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jenga
/dʒˈɛŋɡə/
noun
a physical and mental skill game that was first created in the 1980s, played with a set of 54 wooden blocks, which are stacked in a tower formation at the beginning of the game
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penny in the hole
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a simple game where players take turns trying to toss or roll a penny into a small hole or target, often drawn on the ground or a board, and the player who successfully lands the penny inside the hole wins
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Aunt Sally
/ˈænt sˈæli/
noun
a traditional English game where players try to knock a doll named "Aunt Sally" off a stand by throwing sticks or balls
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ring toss
/ɹˈɪŋ tˈɑːs/
noun
a fun game where players try to toss rings onto a target, typically a peg or a bottle, to score points based on where the rings land
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ring the bull
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a traditional pub game where players attempt to swing a ring attached to a string onto a hook or bull's horn fixed to a wall, aiming for accuracy and skill in landing the ring on the target
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bar billiards
/bˈɑːɹ bˈɪlɪɚdz/
noun
a traditional pub game played on a small table with pockets, combining elements of billiards and bagatelle, providing a social and skill-based pastime in pubs and bars
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darts
/ˈdɑɹts/
noun
a game in which small pointy objects are thrown at a board to achieve points
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shuffleboard
/ʃˈʌfəlbˌoːɹd/
noun
a table game where players slide weighted pucks to score points in scoring zones, played for fun and competition
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knucklebones
/nˈʌklɪbˌoʊnz/
noun
an ancient game played with small objects, typically sheep's knucklebones or metal jacks, where players toss and pick up the pieces in various sequences, providing a traditional and challenging pastime
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pick-up sticks
/pˈɪkˌʌp stˈɪks/
noun
a classic game played with a set of thin sticks or straws, where players take turns trying to remove sticks from a pile without disturbing the others, providing a fun and strategic challenge
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foosball
/ˈfusˌbɔɫ/
noun
a table game resembling football in which players attempt to score goals by turning side handles that have figures of football players attached to them
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air hockey
/ˈɛɹ hˈɑːki/
noun
a tabletop game in which two players use paddles to hit a puck back and forth on a low-friction surface, attempting to score goals in each other's net
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skee-ball
/skˈiːbˈɔːl/
noun
a classic arcade game in which players roll balls up a ramp to try to land them in scoring holes of varying point values
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rock-paper-scissors
/ɹˈɑːkpˈeɪpɚsˈɪsɚz/
noun
a hand game where two players simultaneously form one of three shapes with their hands determining the winner based on simple rules: rock crushes scissors, scissors cuts paper, and paper covers rock
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hand clapping game
/hˈænd klˈæpɪŋ ɡˈeɪm/
noun
a game that involves rhythmic hand movements and clapping, often accompanied by a song or rhyme, and typically played by two or more players taking turns to perform specific hand gestures and claps in sync with the rhythm
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slide
/ˈsɫaɪd/
noun
a hand game where players try to slide their fingers into certain positions or patterns, following the leader's actions
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odds and evens
phrase
a hand game where two players simultaneously show either an odd number of fingers or an even number of fingers, and the winner is determined based on the sum of the fingers shown by both players, providing a simple and fun game of chance and decision-making
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thumb war
/θˈʌm wˈɔːɹ/
noun
a hand game where two players interlock their thumbs and try to pin down their opponent's thumb for a count of three, similar to traditional wrestling but using only the thumbs
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pat-a-cake
/pˈæɾɐkˈeɪk/
noun
a hand-clapping game usually accompanied by a rhyme, where two players clap their hands together in a pattern while reciting the rhyme
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truth or dare
/tɹˈuːθ ɔːɹ dˈɛɹ/
noun
a game where players use hand gestures to answer questions or perform dares, often used in conjunction with spoken questions
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