"A horse a piece." Where did this phrase come from?
#81413. Asked by simpsonsavvy. (Jun 03 07 4:14 PM)
An excellent question. It's probably a casual translation from a foreign language (Yiddish?) that dropped a few words, but this site suggests that it's an equivalent for "Six of one, half a dozen of the other":|
A Horse a piece is used in the midwest when playing a game called Bar Dice. When the game comes down to the last two people, it is the best out of three. When both of the last people have one win a piece it is than considered a horse a piece, and the two people have to play one more round. |
Bar Dice rules and how to play:
5 dice in a cup
Each person playing gets three shakes.
--Aces are wild
--Must have an Ace to start
Object to the game is to have the most of a kind (remembering aces are wild, and must have an ace to start holding)
--Person with the highest set is out.
--If two people tie -- everyone re-shakes
Game continues on until it gets down to the last two people where in turn it's the best out of three (again where the phrase a horse a piece)
-- The last person in aka loser than must buy everyone who was playing a shot or beer.
(Ex. If someone has 2 aces and a five. That person now has 3 fives. Next person has 2 aces and 2 threes, they now have 4 threes. The person who has the 4 threes is out, and the person with 3 fives continues to play.)
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