Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A card game in which points are scored for the high trump, low trump, jack of trumps, and either the ten of trumps or game.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A game of cards: same as all-fours.
  • n. A form of billiard-pool with fifteen object-balls, based in part on the card game of all-fours: once popular, but now obsolete.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or game

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Examples

  • The other boys in the garrison sneered at him, because he sacrificed in this unrequited affection for a politician the time which they devoted to Monongahela, sledge, and high-low-jack.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 74, December, 1863

  • The only amusement of these men consisted in chewing tobacco in enormous quantities, playing surreptitious games of high-low-jack, in reading the daily paper, a single magazine, and waiting for the sun to enter the barred window, and watching it in the afternoon as it slipped away.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 2, January, 1896

  • The other boys in the garrison sneered at him, because he sacrificed in this unrequited affection for a politician the time which they devoted to Monongahela, hazard, and high-low-jack.

    The Man without a Country

  • We had up a lot of whisky, and went to playing high-low-jack for dimes, and as soon as the whisky begun to take hold of Bud we stopped drinking, but we didn't let him stop.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective

  • They could not understand why Nolan kept by himself while they were playing high-low-jack.

    Famous Stories Every Child Should Know

  • They had started an innocent game of high-low-jack and had been stopped.

    The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories

  • "I used to like high-low-jack, and I could manage to take a hand at euchre without raisin 'too big a disturbance; but I never could learn that bridge and play it with those women friends of yours -- never in this world.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

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