dead man's hand

noun Poker.

a hand containing the two pairs of two aces and two eights. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for dead man's hand

dead man's hand


in poker, pair of aces and pair of eights, supposedly what Wild Bill Hickock held when Jack McCall shot him in 1876.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper