- poke one's nose into,
- poker dice,
- poker face,
- poker machine,
- poker spine,
Origin of poker1
Origin of poker2
Examples from the Web for poker
He was an excellent pool sharp and quick at poker and bridge.
The next day, her father was apparently back at the poker tournament.
He seemed to find his own escape in poker and had had just been in a big poker tournament on June 28.
His various tweets were only about poker, including one saying, “Okay team, last chance for glory.”
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He met that searching gaze as inscrutably as he had learned to endure the scrutiny of his opponent at the poker table.The Heart of Canyon Pass|Thomas K. Holmes
Back he fell, as the poker descended upon his head with a force that again stunned him.Wizard Will|Prentiss Ingraham
Poker Joe was sent back by the chiefs for the same purpose when they surmised what was going on.The Yellowstone National Park|Hiram Martin Chittenden
But all these disqualifications might have been overlooked had the lieutenant displayed even a faint preference for poker.An Apache Princess|Charles King
"Hell," said the engineer, jumping to his feet as if taking a trick at poker.Three Soldiers|John Dos Passos
Word Origin for poker
"the iron bar with which men stir the fire" [Johnson], 1530s, agent noun from poke (v.).
card game, 1834, American English, of unknown origin, perhaps from the first element of German Pochspiel, name of a card game similar to poker, from pochen "to brag as a bluff," literally "to knock, rap" (see poke (v.)). A popular alternative theory traces the word to French poque, also said to have been a card game resembling poker. "[B]ut without documentation these explanations are mere speculation" [Barnhart]. The earlier version of the game in English was called brag. Slang poker face (n.) "deadpan" is from 1874.
A good player is cautious or bold by turns, according to his estimate of the capacities of his adversaries, and to the impression he wants to make on them. 7. It follows that the possession of a good poker face is an advantage. No one who has any pretensions to good play will betray the value of his hand by gesture, change of countenance, or any other symptom. ["Cavendish," "Round Games at Cards," dated 1875]
To any one not very well up in these games, some parts of the book are at first sight rather puzzling. "It follows," we read in one passage, "that the possession of a good poker face" (the italics are the author's) "is an advantage." If this had been said by a Liverpool rough of his wife, the meaning would have been clear to every one. Cavendish, however, does not seem to be writing especially for Lancashire. [review of above, "Saturday Review," Dec. 26, 1874]
In addition to the idiom beginning with poker
- poker face
- stiff as a board (poker)