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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 suprising how many expressions that American used everyday came from the card games of poker. For example , you hear the expression "Ace in the hole" used by many people who never think of going near a poker table. And ace in the hole is any argument,plan or thing kept in until needed. It is used especially when encounter a failure into success. In poker and most card games ,the ace is the highest and most valuable card . It is often a winning card. In one kind of a poker game, the first card to each player is given faced down. A player does not show this card to the other players. The other cards are doubt - face up. The players bet the money each time they recieve another card. No one knows until the end of the game, whose hiten cards in the winner, often the ace in the hole wins the game. Smart card players are specially those who play for large amounts of money. Closely watched 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 steck cards. A dealer who is doing that has state the deck. He has fixed the cards. So that he would get higher cards. They 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 stand against you , is say you do not have a chance to succed. In a poker game , you do not want to let your poners know if your cards are good or bad. So having a poker face is important. A poker face never shows any emotions , never expresses even a 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 emtion. Someone who has a poker face usually is a good act bloffin. Bloffin is trying to trick a person into believing something about you that is not true. In poker you bloff when you bet heavliy on a poor hand. The idea is to make the other players believe you have strong cards and are sure to win. If they believe you, they are likely to drop out the game . This means you win the money, they have bet . You can do a better job of bloffin 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, hold in your cards close to your vest means not letting others know what you are doing or thinking. You are keeping your plans secret. We are not bloffin when we say we hope you have enjoyed today's program. This special English program Words and their stories was written by Marylon Rice.
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