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[yahr-bur-oh, -buhr-oh or, esp. British, -ber-uh] /ˈyɑrˌbɜr oʊ, -ˌbʌr oʊ or, esp. British, -bər ə/
noun, Whist, Bridge.
a hand in which no card is higher than a nine.
Origin of Yarborough
First recorded in 1895-1900; after the 2nd Earl of Yarborough (died 1897), said to have bet 1000 to 1 against its occurrence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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/ˈjɑːbərə; -brə/
(bridge, whist) a hand of 13 cards in which no card is higher than nine
Word Origin
C19: supposed to be named after the second Earl of Yarborough (1809–62), who is said to have bet a thousand to one against the occurrence of such a hand
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