cross·​ruff ˈkrȯs-ˌrəf How to pronounce crossruff (audio)
: a series of plays in a card game (such as bridge) in which partners alternately trump different suits and lead to each other for that purpose
crossruff verb

Examples of crossruff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then the defense engineered a crossruff for down three! Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 13 July 2019 South shouldn’t have had the opportunity for his crossruff. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 19 Mar. 2017 One of the worst feelings a defender can have is watching helplessly as declarer engineers a crossruff. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 19 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crossruff was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Crossruff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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