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poker1

Syllabification: pok·er
Pronunciation: /ˈpōkər
 
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noun

A metal rod with a handle, used for prodding and stirring an open fire.
Example sentences
  • You will tell them that most nights you just sit home chewing on white-hot pokers straight from the fire.
  • We could not produce blue-prints or mould metal pokers in the forge.
  • Soldiers also use pokers and metal detectors, digging deeper earth to locate the mines.

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There are 2 main definitions of poker in English:

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poker2

Syllabification: pok·er
Pronunciation: /ˈpōkər
 
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noun

A card game played by two or more people who bet on the value of the hands dealt to them. A player wins the pool either by having the highest combination at the showdown or by forcing all opponents to concede without a showing of the hand, sometimes by means of bluff.
Example sentences
  • I do not know of any state that has passed a law stating that players can play poker online.
  • Also, to refuse to fold when a player knows that he or she is beat is stubbornness, not poker.
  • To succeed at the top levels of poker you need your head, your heart and your groin to be able to take it.

Origin

mid 19th century: of US origin; perhaps related to German pochen 'to brag', Pochspiel 'bragging game'.

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  • po-faced from [1930s]:

    The po in po-faced, ‘humourless and disapproving’, probably comes from the use of po to mean ‘chamber pot’, though it might also have been influenced by the exclamation ‘poh!’, used to reject something contemptuously. In any event, the phrase is likely to be modelled on the expression poker-faced (early 20th century). This comes from the need to keep a deadpan face when playing poker. The game, first recorded in the 1830s in the USA probably gets its name from the German word pochen ‘to brag’.

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