[ kahrd ]
/ kɑrd /
a usually rectangular piece of stiff paper, thin pasteboard, or plastic for various uses, as to write information on or printed as a means of identifying the holder: a 3″ × 5″ file card; a membership card.
one of a set of thin pieces of cardboard with spots, figures, etc., used in playing various games; playing card.
cards, (usually used with a singular verb)
- a game or games played with such a set.
- the playing of such a game: to win at cards.
- Casino. the winning of 27 cards or more.
- Whist. tricks won in excess of six.
Also called greeting card. a piece of paper or thin cardboard, usually folded, printed with a message of holiday greeting, congratulations, or other sentiment, often with an illustration or decorations, for mailing to a person on an appropriate occasion.
something useful in attaining an objective, as a course of action or position of strength, comparable to a high card held in a game: If negotiation fails, we still have another card to play.
a specified topic that elicits strong reactions, brought up as part of a strategic move to gain an advantage: She was accused of playing the gender card when her male boss passed her over for promotion. He pulled the race card by branding his Muslim opponent as radical.
a program of the events at races, boxing matches, etc.
a menu or wine list.
- a person who is amusing or facetious.
- any person, especially one with some indicated characteristic: a queer card.
verb (used with object)
to provide with a card.
to fasten on a card.
to write, list, etc., on cards.
Slang. to examine the identity card or papers of: The bartender was carding all youthful customers to be sure they were of legal drinking age.
What’s The #’s Real Name?A hash has referred to stripes on military jackets since as early as 1910. But, in the 1980s, people started using hash to refer to the # symbol.
in/on the cards, impending or likely; probable: A reorganization is in the cards.
play one's cards right, to act cleverly, sensibly, or cautiously: If you play your cards right, you may get mentioned in her will.
put one's cards on the table, to be completely straightforward and open; conceal nothing: He always believed in putting his cards on the table.
Origin of card1
1350–1400; Middle English carde, unexplained variant of carte
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British Dictionary definitions for put one's cards on the table (1 of 2)
/ (kɑːd) /
a piece of stiff paper or thin cardboard, usually rectangular, with varied uses, as for filing information in an index, bearing a written notice for display, entering scores in a game, etc
such a card used for identification, reference, proof of membership, etclibrary card; identity card; visiting card
such a card used for sending greetings, messages, or invitations, often bearing an illustration, printed greetings, etcChristmas card; birthday card
one of a set of small pieces of cardboard, variously marked with significant figures, symbols, etc, used for playing games or for fortune-telling
- short for playing card
- (as modifier)a card game
- (in combination)cardsharp
informal a witty, entertaining, or eccentric person
See compass card
Also called: race card horse racing a daily programme of all the races at a meeting, listing the runners, riders, weights to be carried, distances to be run, and conditions of each race
a thing or action used in order to gain an advantage, esp one that is concealed and kept in reserve until needed (esp in the phrase a card up one's sleeve)
short for printed circuit cardSee printed circuit board
See also cards
Word Origin for card
C15: from Old French carte, from Latin charta leaf of papyrus, from Greek khartēs, probably of Egyptian origin
British Dictionary definitions for put one's cards on the table (2 of 2)
/ (kɑːd) /
(tr) to comb out and clean fibres of wool or cotton before spinning
(formerly) a machine or comblike tool for carding fabrics or for raising the nap on cloth
Derived Formscarding, nouncarder, noun
Word Origin for card
C15: from Old French carde card, teasel, from Latin carduus thistle
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Idioms and Phrases with put one's cards on the table (1 of 2)
put one's cards on the table
see lay one's cards on the table.
Idioms and Phrases with put one's cards on the table (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with card
- card in
- cards are stacked against
- card up one's sleeve
- hold all the aces (the trump card)
- house of cards
- in the cards
- lay one's cards on the table
- play one's cards close to one's chest
play one's cards righttrump cardwild card.
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