Definitions

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

  • n. Games A card trick won in excess of contract or game, as in bridge.

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  • n. A trick won by the declarer's side which exceeds the amount of the contract

Etymologies

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over- +‎ trick

Examples

  • Poor West – he had made the only play to give his side a chance to beat the contract, he had it beaten, and then he got squeezed to allow a second overtrick.

    How good are your nerves?

  • I had to play very well to make 10 – you're bound to get a top for the overtrick.

    Who is the best pairs player in Europe?

  • Remember that at pairs, if you make 12 tricks in no trumps while the field makes 12 in hearts you will score a top – if they make an overtrick, though, your score will be the opposite.

    Who is the best pairs player in Europe?

  • If it does, there will be no question of an overtrick in six hearts for the other pairs with your cards, while you will still be in excellent shape in 6NT.

    Who is the best pairs player in Europe?

  • Abandoning science, North firmly redoubled, and when everyone passed the question of whether South would make an overtrick acquired rather greater importance.

    The revenge of the sadist

  • If West had the king of clubs, South might lose an overtrick but could still get three club tricks and 10 tricks in all.

    Bridge

  • "It was just like a man," Wendy said, "to boot an overtrick because he couldn't remember the opening lead."

    Bridge

  • The term "safety play" refers to one of any number of techniques for overcoming an adverse distribution, perhaps sacrificing an overtrick to ensure a contract.

    A spectacular danger play

  • The contract made with an overtrick – did you have five clubs doubled as one of your predictions?

    Were the old days the best?

  • The contract made an overtrick, which must have pleased North, since she was apparently "a somewhat unenterprising partner fond of insisting on her own suits".

    They don't make 'em like that any more

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