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overruff Line breaks: over|ruff
Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈrʌf/

Definition of overruff in English:


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(In bridge, whist, and similar card games) play a trump that is higher than one already played in the same trick: there was a danger that West would be able to overruff
More example sentences
  • B plays his queen of spades and C not wanting to overruff with the 5 (a very high trump) plays his 5.
  • Fine so far, as if South had ruffed low, East would have overruffed and returned a trump.
  • If West ruffs with his jack, dummy overruffs; if West ruffs with the ace, dummy discards.


Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvərʌf/
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An act of overruffing: when you see the chance of an easy overruff, don’t be in too much of a hurry to take it
More example sentences
  • He considered a crossruff, but there was a considerable danger that East would be able to score an overruff with the spade nine.
  • Accurate defense usually requires careful timing. Consider the alternatives before you routinely try for a ruff or an overruff.
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