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Common Bridge Expressions
"Bridge is my big passion. It is a difficult, yet highly entertaining card game. Bridge players use many expressions which sound funny to someone foreign to the game. Here is a collection of the most frequently used ones. Enjoy!"
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"OK, one last rubber before we call it a day". This bridge player is speaking of one last... what?
"One last match"
"One last bet"
"Rubber" means "dealer", so "one last deal"
"One last bid"
In rubber bridge, what does the expression "writing above the line" mean?
Keeping notes on the score sheet border
Scoring bonus points which do not count towards completing games
Scoring points which count doubly towards completing games
Writing on the opponents' part of the score sheet (your own part being below the line)
During bidding, someone suddenly says "Alert!"
What is going on?
The player is politely asking his partner to pay attention to the game
The player is notifying the opponents that his partner's last bid has a conventional meaning
The player is warning everyone that police are on the way
The player is informing an opponent that one of his cards has fallen on the table face-up
What does the bridge maxim "Eight ever, nine never" mean?
You can always make 2NT, but never 3NT
When you have 8 cards in a suit, finesse for the Queen. When you have 9 cards in a suit, play Ace and King hoping to drop the Queen
You should always bid 2NT, but never 3NT
When you hold both the 8 and the 9 of a suit, always lead the 8, never the 9
What about this bridge maxim "Third hand plays high"?
Every human being has two hands, so this is an expression meaning no man can play well enough to win all the time
The third player in the order of a trick should play his highest card in the suit being played
The third deal in a rubber scores higher than the others
The third trick in a deal counts more than the others
What does the bridge expression "loser on loser" mean?
Lose two consecutive rubber games
Concede a losing card to the worst of the opponents
Play a losing card from one hand and discard a losing card of another suit from the other hand
Team up the two worst players as opponents, so that you get an easy rubber win
"That was a laydown no-trump slam! We had 12 tricks off the top". What does off the top mean?
Tricks that can be won without surrendering the lead
Tricks that can be won in declarer's hand only, not needing dummy's cards
Tricks that can be won late in the play
Tricks that can be won in dummy's hand only, not needing declarer's cards
"My spade game looked easy, but defence tapped me several times, so I finally went down". What did defence do to poor declarer?
They kept breaking his concentration, by tapping him on the shoulder
They executed a rare defensive stratagem called "multi-tap triple-squeeze endplay" that can happen once in every million hands
They kept breaking his concentration, by tapping the table
They forced him to ruff, shortening his trump holding
What is a "yarborough" in bridge?
A card playing technique
A hand with no card higher than a nine (i.e. an almost worthless hand)
A bidding convention useful for slam investigation
A type of bidding box (a placeholder for the bidding cards)
"My right hand opponent psyched and we missed game". What is the meaning of our last bridge expression for this quiz?
My right hand opponent communicated telepathically with me and mentally persuaded me to not bid the game
My right hand opponent had a crisis and we had to interrupt our game and get help
My right hand opponent made a completely deceiving and misleading bid that made our side miss game
My right hand opponent got very angry, so we hesitated to bid game
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Compiled Jun 28 12