a. A scene or condition of complete disorder or ruin: "The economy was in a shambles" (W. Bruce Lincoln).
b. Great clutter or jumble; a total mess: made dinner and left the kitchen a shambles.
Yes, a cat's cradle with added bits in it seems to be a good way to describe one.Alrik Fassbauer wrote:Thanks.
Yes, I already knew about "shambles" meaning "a mess" - and that street, too.
But I was rather referring to the word of this ... "device".
The description also reminded me of the so-called "string figures" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_figure
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