Definition of cross-ruff in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈkrɒsrʌf/


A sequence of play in bridge or whist in which partners alternately trump each other’s leads.
Example sentences
  • 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.


[no object]
(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
More example sentences
  • 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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: cross-ruff

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.