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tenace Line breaks: ten¦ace
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛnəs/

Definition of tenace in English:


(In bridge, whist, and similar card games) a pair of cards in one hand which rank immediately above and below a card held by an opponent, e.g. the ace and queen in a suit of which an opponent holds the king: declarer holds a trump tenace over East
More example sentences
  • Not wishing to lead from one of his tenaces, he opened the ten of spades.
  • Throwing the lead back to defenders after eliminating safe suits can force them to lead into your tenaces.
  • These tenaces are revealed to the defenders, providing them with additional defense advantages.


Mid 17th century: from French, from Spanish tenaza, literally 'pincers'.

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