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[fawr-fluhsh, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌflʌʃ, ˈfoʊr-/
verb (used without object)
to bluff.
Poker. to bluff on the basis of a four flush.
Origin of four-flush
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900

four flush

noun, Poker.
a hand having four cards of one suit and one card of another suit; an imperfect flush.
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for four-flush
Historical Examples
  • It means a four-flush, said Jack, who was liberal in definitions.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • I want Riggs shown up as the coward, braggart, four-flush that he is.

  • Playing a four-flush gives a man control of his face and voice.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
  • An' don't you always want to meet a real man, not a four-flush?

  • Duty calls and finds most men holding nothing but a four-flush.

  • He let out a roar an' got wild with his hands, like them four-flush fellers do who wants to look real bad.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • An' I've no use fer these four-flush cowboys thet 're always lookin' fer trouble an' talkin' gun-play.

  • "If Riggs follows me and tries any of his four-flush desperado games he'll have his hands full," said Bo, grimly.

  • And I know the West well enough now to be sure that four-flush doesn't belong here and can't last here.

  • Besides, he was no more of a "four-flush" financier than most of the automobile contingent, at that.

    Skinner's Dress Suit

    Henry Irving Dodge
British Dictionary definitions for four-flush

four flush

a useless poker hand, containing four of a suit and one odd card
verb (intransitive)
to bid confidently on a poor hand such as a four flush
(US & Canadian) a slang word for bluff1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for four-flush



: Four-flushing hustlers who really knew how to gamble


  1. To live by sponging off others, or by pretense and fraud
  2. To cheat; swindle; victimize

[1896+; fr a poker player's attempt to bluff when he has four cards of one suit showing and one of another suit not showing]

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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