jigsaw puzzle: Meaning and Definition of

jig'saw puz"zle

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a set of irregularly cut pieces of pasteboard, wood, or the like that form a picture or design when fitted together.
  2. any complex, confusing situation, condition, or item, as one composed of seemingly diverse or unrelated elements.
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