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[three-han-did] /ˈθriˈhæn dɪd/
involving three hands or players, as a game at cards.
Origin of three-handed
First recorded in 1710-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Then the game is three-handed," said Henry as he got up from his chair.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • I'm going to have breakfast, an' if you boys care to join me we'll make it three-handed.

  • The cars roll past him; the party are at a three-handed game now.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • We played cards—a sort of three-handed whist—and other games.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • Dummy's declaration is compulsory, as in three-handed bridge.

  • The others were preparing to go on three-handed, when the stranger intervened.

  • It grew into a nightly occurrence, this three-handed cribbage game.

    The Girls of Hillcrest Farm

    Amy Bell Marlowe
  • I had thutht ath lief; I played that way onth, a three-handed game with a dummy.

    Monsieur Cherami Charles Paul de Kock
  • They had tea together, and a game of three-handed bridge afterwards—Ellen had taught her sister to play bridge.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • Even Will, her husband, cooperated and spent long evenings playing rum or three-handed auction, so I might not sit idle.

    The Fifth Wheel Olive Higgins Prouty

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