- 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 tenaz ≪ Latin tenāx tenacious; compare Medieval Latin tenācēs forceps
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Examples from the Web for tenace
He should avoid opening a tenace suit, regardless of its length.
A lead from a tenace or a guarded king or queen is to be avoided.
Therefore, as a general proposition, unless the partner have declared, the tenace suit should be led.
This, while not nearly so desirable an opening as a singleton, is better than leading from a tenace.
- bridge whist a holding of two nonconsecutive high cards of a suit, such as the ace and queen
C17: from French, from Spanish tenaza forceps, ultimately from Latin tenāx holding fast, from tenēre to hold
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