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Definition of full house in English:

noun

1An audience that fills the venue for an event to capacity: he seemed a trifle unnerved playing to a full house
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  • The theatre had no capital, its staff had no job security, and the capacity of the venue meant that even full houses yielded only small margins.
  • Cafes are perpetually full, and even performances that start at 10 P.M. draw full houses and leave audiences chatting animatedly way past midnight.
  • While figures have yet to be quantified, press officer Norah Norton reported a ‘significant increase on last year in the number of full houses - in all venues’.
2A poker hand with three of a kind and a pair, which beats a flush and loses to four of a kind.
Example sentences
  • Chances are good that the trips will be beat by a full house, a flush, or a straight.
  • What were the odds on such a situation (straight flush against a full house, heads up) occurring?
  • If one player has a straight, we can't beat that for high, but presumably some of the other players are drawing live to flushes or full houses or bigger straights.
2.1A winning card at bingo in which all the numbers have been successfully marked off: eyes down for a full house!
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  • There is 2,700 on offer at the Roundfort bingo this Wednesday night with prizes of 70 on all full houses plus 1,000 on the jackpot games as well as valuable prizes on the raffle.
  • George Glover, 67, who lives in Selby, achieved a full house in 39 numbers on the national bingo game to win the cash prize at the Mecca Club in York.

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