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dead man's hand

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noun Poker.
  1. a hand containing the two pairs of two aces and two eights.
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Word Origin and History for dead man's hand

n.

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

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