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  • n. The ace of spades in omber and quadrille

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The ace of spades in omber and quadrille.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In card-playing, the ace of spades at ombre and quadrille. In the following quotation spadille is personified as Spadillio.


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  • I heard high-pitched voices, and "spadille," "basto," "matador" -- all the queer words of quadrille, their favoured game.

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker

  • In two hours Sir Asinus was sitting at spadille in the exceedingly undress costume of shirt, pantaloons, and silk stockings.

    The Youth of Jefferson A Chronicle of College Scrapes at Williamsburg, in Virginia, A.D. 1764

  • Paris defeated me in a fair spadille combat -- breast to breast, card to card, by pure genius -- I have been a republican.

    The Youth of Jefferson A Chronicle of College Scrapes at Williamsburg, in Virginia, A.D. 1764

  • I believed I looked very silly, for I am a miserable Bon Tonist — I cannot lye with a good grace — I did lie however, and so pursued spadille. —

    The Offspring of Fancy

  • Toys and merry-makings in childhood — love and its absurdities in youth — spadille and basto in age, shall succeed each other as objects of pursuit — flowers and butterflies in spring — butterflies and thistle-down in summer — withered leaves in autumn and winter — all pursued, all caught, all flung aside. —

    The Black Dwarf

  • I spent so many years of my life very pleasantly, without knowing spadille from basto, that I can the less reconcile it to myself to throw away my time and money upon such unnecessary amusements; but what most mortifies me is, that I should put it in the power of chance to ruffle my temper; and that I should very often lament more pathetically the absence of a black ace than that of a friend; or give a welcome to the ill-looking duce of clubs, as hearty as that I meditate for my Charlotte.

    The Offspring of Fancy

  • -- [Erased.] [530] [In the game of ombre the ace of spades, _spadille_, ranks as the best trump card, and basto, the ace of clubs, ranks as the third best trump card.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 4


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