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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 programme in special english by the voice of America.

It is surprising how many expressions that Americans use everyday.Game from the card game of Poke,for example,you hear the expression Ace in the hole,used by many people who would never think of going near a Poke table.and Ace in a hole is any arguement ,plan or thing kept hidden until needed ,it is used especially when it turn failure into success,in Poke and most card games,the Ace is the highest and most valuable card,it is often a winning card,in one kind of a Poke game,the first card to each player if given face down,a player does not show this card to the other players,the other cards are dealed face up,the player bet money each time they receive another card,no one knows until the end of the game,whose hidden card is the winner,often the Ace in the hole wins the game,smart card players especially those who play for large amount 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 off the bottom of the stacked 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 off the bottom,now means cheating in 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 chance to succeed.In a Poke game you do not want to let your opponents know if your cards are good or bad,so having a Poke face is improtant to succeed.A Poke face never shows any emotion,never expresses either good or bad feelings,no one can learn by looking at your face if your cards are good or bad,people now use Poke face in everyday speech to describe someone who shows no emotion,someone who has a Poke face usually is good at bluffing.Bluffing is trying to trick a person into believeing something about you that is not true.In Poke ,you bluff when you bet heavily on the full hand ,the idea is to make the other player 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 hold your cards 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 leting others know what you are doing or thinking,you're keeping your plans secret,we're not bluffing,when we say we hope you have enjoyed today's programme.

This special english programme ,words and their stories was written by Melon Rice Christiano,this is Bob Doddy.

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