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

  • n. A metal ring that is pulled off the top of a can to provide an opening for drinking, pouring, or serving.
  • adj. Configured with a tab that is pulled off to effect opening: pull-tab cans.


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  • I initially thought a pull-tab hall was a place to drink beverages with a pull-tab. Not so, it's a gambling joint.

    June 15, 2015

  • A pull-tab is a gambling ticket that is sold as a means to play a pull-tab game. The object of the ticket is to open the perforated windows on the back of the ticket and match the symbols inside the ticket to the winning combinations on the front of the ticket. The winning Pull-Tab ticket is turned in for a monetary prize. Other names for it include Break-Opens, Nevada Tickets, Cherry Bells, Lucky 7s, Pickle Cards, Instant Bingo, Bowl Games, or Popp-Opens.

    June 15, 2015