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deuces wild

noun, Cards.
a variety or method of playing certain poker and other games in which a deuce represents any suit or denomination that the holder chooses:
We're playing five-card stud, deuces wild.
Origin of deuces wild
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the idiom of Ventura Boulevard, he'd hit 'em with the whole deck, deuces wild.

    The Glory of Ippling Helen M. Urban
  • He laid down two aces and two deuces, which under the cutthroat rule of “deuces wild” he was privileged to call four aces.

  • This sort of game with “the roof off and deuces wild,” was not good for the morale of his junior officers, mused the major.

  • They're a pair all right, and they'd make a great hand if you was playin' deuces wild.

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
Slang definitions & phrases for deuces wild

deuces wild

noun phrase

A team's situation with two men out, two strikes on the batter, and two men on base

[1980s+ Baseball; fr the dealer's call in poker that all deuces may be valued as any other card]

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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