Old people are talking about him as they play cards or mahjong.
Ang kinagaykay sa mga pitsas, The rattling of the mahjong pieces.
Túa siya sa madyungan nagdúlà, She is in the mahjong den, gambling.
Nagsintimintal siya kay napildi sa madyung, He is wearing a long face because he lost in mahjong.
(→) n a hand in mahjong or cards that lacks a card or has one card too many and thus cannot win.
1922, from dialectal Chinese (Shanghai) ma chiang, name of the game, literally "sparrows," from ma "hemp" + chiang "little birds." The game so called from the design of the pieces. It had a vogue in Europe and the U.S. in the 1920s and for a time threatened to supplant bridge in popularity.