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a card game in which one player tries to win all the cards of the other player
(modifier) relating to or denoting an advantage gained by one side at the expense of the other: beggar-my-neighbour policies
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  • How could they have known that it was not beggar-my-neighbour?

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
  • On principle, Clare disliked losing, even at beggar-my-neighbour.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • Blind each of one eye, they set to dealing their cards for beggar-my-neighbour.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • They had endless bouts of 'beggar-my-neighbour' together, that being the only game which La Teuse had ever been able to learn.

  • In these she was a martinet, and would appropriate a fat pack at beggar-my-neighbour with infinite gusto.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare

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