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

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now words and stories a program in special English by voice of America it is surprising how many expressions that Americans use everyday, games and cards game of poker. For example, you hear the expression” ace in the hole” used by many people who would never think of going near poker table, and “ace in the hole ”is any argument, plan or thing kept hidden until need it , it is used specially when they can turn failure into success. In poker and most card games the a 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 , the player does not show this card the other cards are dealt face up, the player bets the money each time they will 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 to play for a 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 isnt dealing off the bottom of stack of the cards , a dealer who is doing that has the stack to deck that, he has to fix the card ,so that he would get higher cards ,he will win , you will lose . The expression “dealing off the bottom” now means cheating in business as well as in cards, and when someone tells you the cards are start against u, he is saying you don’t have a chance to succeed, in the poker game you don’t want to let your opponents know if your cards are good or bad, so having a poker face is important, a poker 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 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 a strong card and are sure to win. If they believe u , they are likely to drop out of the game , this means you win the money , they have bet. you can get a better job if you hold your cards close to your vest .you hold your card close to you, so no one can see what you have, in everyday speech, holding your cards close to your vest means not letting other know what you are doing and thinking .you are keeping your plans secret we are not bluffing when we say we hope you’ve enjoyed today’s program
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