[yahr-bur-oh, -buhr-oh or, esp. British, -ber-uh]
- a hand in which no card is higher than a nine.
Origin of Yarborough
First recorded in 1895–1900; after the 2nd Earl of Yarborough (died 1897), said to have bet 1000 to 1 against its occurrence
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Examples from the Web for yarborough
A booth with literature, posters, etc., was established in the Yarborough Hotel.
A few capital pieces show us people sledging and skating or netting ice-holes (Yarborough, Neeld and Bedford collections).
Ere long you come to Yarborough House, a stately mansion standing embowered by trees about a furlong from the shore.A Month in Yorkshire
"Especially the mask," returned Sylvia, under her breath, and laid on the table the last card of a Yarborough.The Fighting Chance
Robert W. Chambers
He died in 1805, childless, and the property passed to the Earl of Yarborough in right of his wife.The Isle of Wight
G. E. Mitton
- bridge whist a hand of 13 cards in which no card is higher than nine
C19: supposed to be named after the second Earl of Yarborough (1809–62), who is said to have bet a thousand to one against the occurrence of such a hand
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