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[word-lover] 【整理】2008-07-20 Words and Their Stories

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Now words and their stories—a program in special English by the Voice Of America

It is surprising how many expressions that Americans use every day gain from the card game of poker. For example you hear the expression “eighth in the hole” used by many people who will never think of going near poker table, and “eighth in the hole” is any argument plan or think kept in until needed, it is used especially when it turn from failure into success. In poker and most car games the eighth is the highest and most valuable card, it is often a winning card in one kind of poker game the first card to each player is given ? a player does not show this card to the other players, the other cards are doubt ?, the players get money each time they receive another card. No one knows until the end of the game who hitting card is the winner. Often “the eighth in the hole ” wins the game. Smart card players especially those who play for large amounts of money closely watch the person who deals the cards they are watching to make sure he is dealing honestly. They want to be sure that he is not dealing of the bottom of the stack of cards. A dealer who is doing that has stack the deck he has fixed the card so that he will get higher cards they will win and you will loss. Expression “dealing of the bottom” now means cheating in business as well as in cards and when someone tells you the cards are stack against you, he is saying you do not have chance to succeed. In the poker game you do not want to opponents know if your cards are good or bad so having a poker face is important. A poker face never shows any emotion never express even good or bad feelings, no one can learn by looking at your face if your cards are good or bad. People now use poker face in everyday speech to describe someone who shows no emotion. Someone who has a poker face usually is good at bluffing, bluffing is trying to trick a person into believing something about you that is not true. In poker you bluff when you bet heavily on a poor hand the idea is to make other players believe you have strong cards and are sure to win, if they believe you they are likely to drop out of the game this means you win the money they have bet. You can do a better job of bluffing if you “pulls your cards close to your vest”. Pulls your cards close to you so no one can see what you have, in every day speech “pulling your cards close to your vest” means not let others know what you are doing or thinking, you are keeping your plans secret. We are not bluffing when we say we hope you have enjoyed today’s program.

  

 

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