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chemin de fer

[shuh-man duh fair; French shuh-manduh fer]
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  1. a variation of baccarat.
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Origin of chemin de fer

1890–95; < French: literally, railroad; so called from the speed of the game
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  • Anything over two hours on the chemin-de-fer is considered a journey by these good French people!

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    F. Berkeley Smith


British Dictionary definitions for chemin de fer

chemin de fer

noun
  1. a gambling game, a variation of baccarat
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Word Origin

French: railway, referring to the fast tempo of the game
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