American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A series of plays in games of the whist family in which partnership hands alternately trump suits led by the other partner.
- v. To perform a crossruff or a series of crossruffs.
- v. To trump (one's partner's lead or a lead from the dummy) in alternating plays.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In whist, a double ruff; a see-saw (which see).
- n. bridge A play in which tricks are taken by taking alternate ruffs in each hand
- v. To execute a crossruff
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Whist) The play in bridge or whist where partners trump each a different suit, and lead to each other for that purpose; -- called also
- v. trump alternately in two hands
- cross + ruff (Wiktionary)
“At today's slam South opted to try for a crossruff.”
“He can cash the top diamonds and clubs and start a crossruff.”
“So guilt would have been irrational as I enjoyed the chef's artful crossruff of textures -- the chewy puffin playing against the more brittle sunchoke and hazelnuts, with an overall sea-saltiness prevailing amid the Gallic refinement of the sauce.”
““Unusual type of crossruff with a singleton trump in dummy,” remarked Peregrine the Penguin.”
“Without another word of abuse, he proceeded to reel off six more tricks on a crossruff.”
“When West showed out, discarding a spade, declarer set about a crossruff - one trick too late.”
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