One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A game (used especially to settle petty disputes or as a tiebreaker) in which, at an agreed signal, each participant makes a gesture with one hand representing either a rock, paper, or a pair of scissors, the winner being determined according to an established scheme.
1940s. In some forms from rock + paper + and + scissors.
rock paper scissors/ˌrɒk ˌpeɪpə ˈsɪzəz/
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