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

  • n. Games A bridge or whist hand containing no honor cards.

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  • n. A hand, in bridge or whist, that has no card with a value greater than nine

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In whist or bridge, a hand which contains no card above a nine: so called because a former Earl of Yarborough made a practice of betting 1,000 to 1 against any player's holding such a hand. The true odds against it are 1,827 to 1.


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

After Charles Anderson Worsley, Second Earl of Yarborough (1809-1897), said to have bet 1,000 to 1 that such a hand would not occur.


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  • Two people listing it on the same list?

    Edit: Yep, bilby and fbharjo have both added it to the Whole Nine Yarbs.

    April 28, 2009

  • Yarb, I'll try not to hold on (prehense) too long. Single digit cards are a language of their own. i.e. (ace, deuce, trey,..........It ......)I might get cincoed. A classmate in college called me " a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key." He got the quote from Winston Churchill

    April 28, 2009

  • Careful fb, you're in danger of becoming comprehensible!

    April 28, 2009

  • Go ask John. The third person is faceless much like the definition of the word, yarborough.... a card hand with no card higher than a nine - no face card, in other words. capisci?

    April 28, 2009

  • It seems fair enough to me, but what I want to know is the identity of the third person listing this.

    April 28, 2009

  • Is this fair? (a la Simon & Garfunkel)... scarborough fair

    April 28, 2009