[noun kraws-ruhf, -ruhf, kros-; verb kraws-ruhf, kros-]Bridge, Whist.


a play in which each hand of a partnership alternately trumps a different suit in consecutive plays.

verb (used with or without object)

to play by means of a crossruff.

Origin of crossruff

First recorded in 1585–95; cross- + ruff2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for crossruff



the alternate trumping of each other's leads by two partners, or by declarer and dummy


(intr) to trump alternately in two hands of a partnership
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