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noughts and crosses

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n noughts and crosses a game in which two players alternately put crosses and circles in one of the compartments of a square grid of nine spaces; the object is to get a row of three crosses or three circles before the opponent does
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Usage

In literature:

When everything else palled they played Noughts and Crosses, or Parson's Cat, or Consequences.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Having examined "Noughts and Crosses," we will now consider an extension of the game that is distinctly mentioned in the works of Ovid.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
I'd back him at cat's-cradle, and I dare say he plays a very fair game at noughts-and-crosses.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
He spent his time trying to persuade Strang to take an interest in Noughts and Crosses.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
Any card which wins is marked with a cross, and one which loses is marked with a nought.
"Sharps and Flats" by John Nevil Maskelyne
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In poetry:

In fifteen days we have marched seven hundred li
Cross misty Gan waters and green Fujian hills,
Rolling back the enemy as we would a mat.
A voice is heard wailing;
His "Bastion at every step" avail him nought!
"Against the Second" by Mao Zedong
Nought could resist his mighty will;
On rafts of ice, blue-hued, like steel,
He crossed the broadest rivers o'er
Ah! me, and then was heard no more
The murmur of the peaceful wheel
That turned the peasant's mill.
"The Year-King" by Denis Florence MacCarthy