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[ten-eys] /ˈtɛnˌeɪs/
noun, Whist, Bridge.
a sequence of two high cards of the same suit that lack an intervening card to be in consecutive order, as the ace and queen.
Origin of tenace
1645-55; < Spanish tenazas tongs, tenace (in card games), derivative of tenazLatin tenāx tenacious; compare Medieval Latin tenācēs forceps Unabridged
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(bridge, whist) a holding of two nonconsecutive high cards of a suit, such as the ace and queen
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C17: from French, from Spanish tenaza forceps, ultimately from Latin tenāx holding fast, from tenēre to hold
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