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dead man's hand

noun, Poker.
a hand containing the two pairs of two aces and two eights. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Word Origin and History for dead man's hand

in poker, pair of aces and pair of eights, supposedly what Wild Bill Hickock held when Jack McCall shot him in 1876.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dead man's hand

noun phrase

A hand containing a pair of aces and a pair of eights

[late 1800s+ Poker; fr the tradition that Wild Bill Hickock held such a hand when Jack McCall shot him in 1876]

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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