[ noun kraws-ruhf, -ruhf, kros-; verb kraws-ruhf, kros- ]
/ noun ˈkrɔsˌrʌf, -ˈrʌf, ˈkrɒs-; verb ˈkrɔsˈrʌf, ˈkrɒs- /
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


/ (ˈkrɒsˌrʌf) bridge whist /


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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