One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A play or dramatic performance enacted with puppets.
2The playing or acting of puppets; play that involves puppets.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Hall (1529–1568/9), surgeon and author. From puppet + play. Compare Dutch poppenspel, Middle Low German poppenspēl, German Puppenspiel, all also fig.
puppet play/ˈpʌpɪt ˌpleɪ/
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