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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 American.
it is surprising how many expressions that Americans use everyday came from the card game of pocker. For example, you hear expression "ace in the hole" used by many people who would never think of going to a pocker table. and ace in the hole is any argument, plan or thing keeped hidden until needed. it is used especially can turn failure into  success. in pocaker and most card games , the ace is the highest and most valueable card. it is ofter a winning card. in one kind of pocker game, the frist card to each player is giving face down. a player does not show this card to the other players. the other cards are nodoubt face up. the players bet money each time they receive another card. no one knows till end of the game who is hidden card is the winner. often the ace in the hole wins the game. smart card players ,especially those play for large amounts of money closely watch the players who deals the card. they are watching to make sure he is dealling honestly. they want to be sure that he is not deal off the botom of the * of the cards. a dealer who is doing that has * the deck. he has fixed the card so that he will get higher cards, he will win and you will lose.


the expression : dealling off the bottom now means cheating  in business as well as in cards . and when someone tells you the cards are stand against you. he is saying you do not have chance to success. in a pocker game , you do not want your opponent know if your cards is good or bad. so having a pocker's face is important. a pocker face never shows any emotion. never expresses good or bad feelings. no one can learn by looking  at your face if your cards are good or bad. people are now ues pocker face in everyday speach to describe someone who shows no emotion. someone who has pocker face usually is good at bluffing. bluffing is trying to trick a person into believing something about you that is not true. in pocker, you bluff when you bet heavily on a poor hand. the idea is make the other players believe you have strong cards and are sure  to win. if they believe you, they are  likely  drop out of the game. this means  you win the money they have bet. you can do a better job of bluffing if you hold your cards close to your vest. you hold you cards  close to you  so no one can see what you have, in everyday speech, holding you cards close to you vest means not let others know what you are doing or thinking . you are keeping your plans secrete. we are not bluffing when we say we hope you have enjoied today 's program.

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