blackjack

[blak-jak]

noun

verb (used with object)

to strike or beat with a blackjack.
to compel by threat.

Origin of blackjack

First recorded in 1505–15; black + jack1

Pershing

[pur-shing or for 2, -zhing]

noun

John JosephBlackjack, 1860–1948, U.S. general: commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
Military.
  1. a 46-ton (42 metric tons) U.S. heavy tank of 1944–52, with a five-man crew and a 90mm gun.
  2. a two-stage surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
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Related Words for blackjack

intimidate, pressure, force, influence, threaten

Examples from the Web for blackjack

Contemporary Examples of blackjack

Historical Examples of blackjack

  • "On we went then," said Aylward, after a long pull at his blackjack.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • There would be a game of blackjack going on somewhere there about now.

    The Martian Cabal

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • The fact that it had been a blackjack that had hit him was important.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • I must have that girl, dad, or this town is a blackjack swamp forevermore.

  • "Blackjack" Donnely had made that clear in his trial in Texas.

    The Penal Cluster

    Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)


British Dictionary definitions for blackjack

blackjack

1

noun

a truncheon of leather-covered lead with a flexible shaft

verb

(tr) to hit with or as if with a blackjack
(tr) to compel (a person) by threats

Word Origin for blackjack

C19: from black + jack 1 (implement)

blackjack

2

noun cards

pontoon or any of various similar card games
the ace of spades

Word Origin for blackjack

C20: from black + jack 1 (the knave)

blackjack

3

noun

a dark iron-rich variety of the mineral sphalerite

Word Origin for blackjack

C18: from black + jack 1 (originally a miner's name for this useless ore)

blackjack

4

noun

a small oak tree, Quercus marilandica, of the southeastern US, with blackish bark and fan-shaped leavesAlso called: blackjack oak

Word Origin for blackjack

C19: from black + jack 1 (from the proper name, popularly used in many plant names)

blackjack

5

noun

a tarred leather tankard or jug

Word Origin for blackjack

C16: from black + jack ³

Pershing

1

noun

John Joseph, nickname Black Jack. 1860–1948, US general. He was commander in chief of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe (1917–19)

Pershing

2

noun

a US ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear or conventional warhead
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Word Origin and History for blackjack
n.

used in many senses since 16c., earliest is possibly "tar-coated leather jug for beer" (1590s), from black (adj.) + jack in any of its many slang senses. The weapon so called from 1889; the card game by 1900.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper