Definition of cross-ruff in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɒsrʌf


  • A sequence of play in bridge or whist in which partners alternately trump each other’s leads.
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    • In this case, your plan will be to play a cross-ruff, by trumping outside suits in both your hand and dummy's.
    • If those survive, you have five tricks in the bank, and seven more coming via a high cross-ruff.
    • If he has shortness in either clubs or hearts, a cross-ruff will develop.


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  • (In bridge or whist) play a cross-ruff: the two were cross-ruffing for some time [with object]: he decided to cross-ruff spades in dummy and hearts in hand
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    • But when he won the king the defence cross-ruffed the next three tricks to put the game two light.
    • She took her top tricks and cross-ruffed the remainder for 13 tricks.
    • After cashing his two top Hearts, the declarer peacefully cross-ruffed his way to 12 tricks, conceding a Diamond at the end.

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