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full house

noun, Poker.
a hand consisting of three of a kind and a pair, as three queens and two tens.
Also called full hand.
Origin of full house
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "full house; no reserved seats," observed the man placidly, squeezing in.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • There was no man who could more quickly empty a full house than he.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • A pair of deuces is good as a full house when your hand ain't called.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • There was a good attendance at Bela's dinner, and a full house at night.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • We opened to a full house, and the audience appeared to enjoy the entertainment.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
British Dictionary definitions for full house

full house

(poker) a hand with three cards of the same value and another pair
a theatre, etc, filled to capacity
(in bingo, etc) the set of numbers needed to win
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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