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know when to hold them and when to fold them

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know when to hold them and when to fold them

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To be aware of probabilities and consequences; know the score: Jackson knows instinctively how to bluff and bargain, when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em

[1980s+; fr a Kenny Rogers song, and fr 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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