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cold deck

noun, Cards Slang.
a pack with the cards in prearranged order, secretly exchanged for the one in use; stacked deck.
Origin of cold deck
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One day he got half-a-dozen tin-horn gamblers together, and between them they put up a cold deck in a faro-box.

    Saddle and Mocassin Francis Francis Jr.
  • O, duplicate's something that you ring in on a feller like a cold deck.

  • Im playing with a cold deck, and though I cant see a blame thing wrong with the deal I notice I draw rags every time.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • They were cross-lifting him—and playing with a cold deck at that.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
  • Another said, 'He beat me out of my wages playing draw poker with a cold deck, and the aces up his sleeve.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa George W. Peck
  • I was too angry to return to the cabin, and paced up and down the cold deck biting my lips with vexation.

  • I had all I c'ud do not to make it plumb center, li'l' gel, but the jury'd ring in a cold deck on me if I had.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • I never have gambled from that day to this—never once—without a "cold deck" in my pocket.

    Sketches New and Old, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • So I ran in a cold deck on them—the first time I ever did such a thing in my life.

  • To "ring in a cold deck" is to order in and substitute a fresh pack, in which the cards are prearranged.

    Saddle and Mocassin Francis Francis Jr.
Slang definitions & phrases for cold deck

cold deck

noun phrase

A dishonest deck of playing cards, usually stacked or marked (1856+)

verb phrase

To take advantage of someone; dishonestly assure one's own winning; rig, stack the deck (1884+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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