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

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It is surprising how many expressions that  Americans use everyday came from the card game of Poker, for example  you hear the expression "Ace in the hole" used by many people who would never think of going near a poker table.And "Ace in the hole" is any argument plan or thing kept hidden  until needed. It is used expecailly when it can turn failure into success. In pork and in most card games the Ace is the highest and the most valuable card. It is often a winning card.

 

In one kind of  poker game, the first card to each player is given face down.A player does not show this card to other players, the other cards are dealt face up. The players get money each time they recieve another card. No one knows until the end of the game whose hidden the card is the winner.Often the Ace in the hole wins the game.

 

Smart card players especially those who play large mounts 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 this stack of cards. A dealer who is doing that has stacked the deck.He has fixed the cards so that he  will get higher cards.

 

He will win and you will lose.  The expression dealing of the bottom now means cheating in your business as well as in cards. And when someone tells you that the cards are stacked against you. He is saying you do not have a chats to success.In the poker game, you do not want to let your opponent know if you cards are good or bad, so having a poker face is important. A poker face  never shows any emotion, never expresses either bad or good feelings. No one can learn by looking at your face, if your cards are good or bad.

 

People now use poker face in everyday every speech to describe someone who shows no emotion. Someone who has a poker face usually is good at bluffing. Bluffing is trying to treat a person  into believing something about you that is not ture. In poker you bluff when you bad heavily on a poor head. The idea is to make other players believe you have strong cards and are sure to win. If they believie you you likely to drop out of the game, this mean you win the money they have bet. You can do a better job of bluffing if you hold your card close to your vest. You hold your cards close to you, so no one can see what you have.  In everyday speech holding your cards close to your vest means not let other know what you are doing and thinking. You are keeping your plans secerts.

 

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