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.
Poor little Jill, who by involuntarily harking back to the insular belief that the veriest heathen will quake in unison with the British culprit at the mere threat of British law, showed the absolute yarborough she held in this game, the stakes of which she guessed were something more precious than life itself, and in which she held not a single winning card.
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