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

  • transitive v. Games To overtrump.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To ruff with a higher trump following a prior ruff on the same trick
  • n. An act of overruffing


over- +‎ ruff (Wiktionary)


  • East can overruff or discard, but his queen of trumps wins the defenders 'only trick.


  • Whichever red suit he led from the table, West could overruff if South ruffed low, or discard if South ruffed with the ace or the king.

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  • Otherwise you would ruff the diamond with the seven and East would overruff with the eight to cash his heart, and you would have ♠ AJ remaining over South's ♠ K10.

    A problematic hand for West

  • When Louie ruffs the next spade, West can overruff and lead a club, but Louie wins in his hand, takes the A-K of trumps and ruffs a diamond.


  • I could think of one reason only: the fear that the Walrus could not overruff dummy, and would thereby give vital information to declarer.


  • South had to overruff with the ace, and now West had to score the setting trick with his nine-six of spades behind declarer's ten-eight.

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  • The kibitzers were suitably impressed when The Visitor, rather than overruff, discarded a diamond. Top News Headlines

  • Having no more himself, declarer will ruff with the jack or the six, maybe, and whatever it is your poor partner won’t be able to overruff.



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