musical chairs
noun plural but singular in construction Date: 1877 a game in which players march to music around a row of chairs numbering one less than the players and scramble for seats when the music stops; also a situation or series of events suggesting the game of musical chairs (as in rapid change or confusing activity)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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