Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In hat-manuf., same as napping.
- v. present participle of ruff.
“Perched on the rim of Michael's pannikin, this inconsiderable adventurer from out of the dark into the sun of life, a mere spark and mote between the darks, by a ruffing of his salmon-pink crest,”
“West led a spade and South was able to amass 10 tricks – he took the first seven by winning the ace of spades, crossing to the ace of hearts, ruffing a spade, crossing to a club, ruffing another spade, then cashing the king of hearts and another club.”
“Then he returned to hand by ruffing a diamond, drew East's last trump with the 10, and claimed his slam.”
“With a knife you can do a lot more than a gun, but if your ruffing it long enough your blade will probably go dull and eventually be useless.”
“East exited with a club and North won the king, crossed to the ace of spades and led a diamond from the dummy – if West were to ruff he would be ruffing a loser, and if he were to follow then the diamonds "must be" 3-3.”
“A ♠ discard allows declarer to ruff out the ♠ queen; a ♦ discard will allow declarer to establish a long ♦ and throwing the ♥king will allow declarer to set up a heart trick by means of a ruffing finesse with the queen and eight against East's ace and seven.”
“A three-suit criss-cross ruffing squeeze – these pretty plays do come up at the table.”
“ANSWER: You have enough values to invite game and mustn't hide your heart support when you have prime values and a possible ruffing feature in diamonds.”
“If he plans ahead, he will correctly discard a diamond at Trick One instead of ruffing East's ace of clubs.”
“She scratched, ruffing the wild bushy wings, letting her mutilated pinky knock at the blue air.”
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