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.
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)