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hole card

Stud Poker. the card dealt face down in the first round of a deal.
something held in reserve until it can be used to advantage.
Origin of hole card
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He couldn't, at any time, actually read in the man's mind what his "hole card" was, he found.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • "All blue," I said, turning up my hole card with the other hand.

    Card Trick Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
  • He turned over his hole card which was a deuce, and again Brent laughed and flipped his hole card over.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • Camillo Bill studied the cards, tilted his hole card and glanced at its corner, and raised Brent two thousand.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • At length the other turned down his cards in token of surrender, and with a laugh Brent turned his hole card face up.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • Two players called the bet and he flipped over his hole card—it was a seven-spot and again he won.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
Slang definitions & phrases for hole card

hole card

noun phrase

A card dealt face down in stud poker (1908+ Poker)

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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