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card

1
[ kahrd ]
/ kɑrd /
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noun

verb (used with object)

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Idioms

Origin of card

1
1350–1400; Middle English carde, unexplained variant of carte

Definition for cards (2 of 2)

card

2
[ kahrd ]
/ kɑrd /

noun Also called carding machine.

a machine for combing and paralleling fibers of cotton, flax, wool, etc., prior to spinning to remove short, undesirable fibers and produce a sliver.
a similar implement for raising the nap on cloth.

verb (used with object)

to dress (wool or the like) with a card.

Origin of card

2
1325–75; Middle English carde < Middle French: literally, teasel head < Late Latin cardus thistle, variant of Latin carduus
Related formscard·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cards (1 of 3)

cards

/ (kɑːdz) /

noun

(usually functioning as singular)
  1. any game or games played with cards, esp playing cards
  2. the playing of such a game
an employee's national insurance and other documents held by the employer
get one's cards to be told to leave one's employment
on the cards possible or likelyUS equivalent: in the cards
play one's cards to carry out one's plans; take action (esp in the phrase play one's cards right)
put one's cards on the table, lay one's cards on the table or show one's cards to declare one's intentions, resources, etc

British Dictionary definitions for cards (2 of 3)

card

1
/ (kɑːd) /

noun

See also cards

Word Origin for card

C15: from Old French carte, from Latin charta leaf of papyrus, from Greek khartēs, probably of Egyptian origin

British Dictionary definitions for cards (3 of 3)

card

2
/ (kɑːd) /

verb

(tr) to comb out and clean fibres of wool or cotton before spinning

noun

(formerly) a machine or comblike tool for carding fabrics or for raising the nap on cloth
Derived Formscarding, nouncarder, noun

Word Origin for card

C15: from Old French carde card, teasel, from Latin carduus thistle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with cards

card


In addition to the idioms beginning with card

  • card in
  • cards are stacked against
  • card up one's sleeve

also see:

  • hold all the aces (the trump card)
  • house of cards
  • in the cards
  • lay one's cards on the table
  • play one's cards close to one's chest

play one's cards righttrump cardwild card.

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