[ yahr-bur-oh, -buhr-oh or, especially British, -ber-uh ]
/ ˈyɑrˌbɜr oʊ, -ˌbʌr oʊ or, especially British, -bər ə /
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noun Whist, Bridge.
a hand in which no card is higher than a nine.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for Yarborough

/ (ˈjɑːbərə, -brə) /

bridge whist a hand of 13 cards in which no card is higher than nine

Word Origin for yarborough

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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