Word of the Day : April 15, 2012




: to bluff in poker holding a four flush; broadly : to make a false claim : bluff

Did You Know?

The term "four-flush" comes to us from stud poker. In that game, a player is dealt one card face down and four cards face up, with betting taking place each time a face-up card is dealt. A four-card flush - that is, all four cards of the same suit - is worthless in poker; it takes five cards to make a flush. A player who has four cards of the same suit showing is in a good position to bluff. Pretending to hold a flush with four cards showing - ''four-flushing'' - came to be a skill among gamblers, one so common that the term spread to everyday use to describe the actions of one who makes false or dishonest claims.


We found an old newspaper article in which a candidate promised he would never "four-flush" or mislead voters.

"Royal is a not quite legal lawyer, four-flushing his way around New York, long separated from his wife and three children…." - From a review by Stanley Kauffman in The New Republic, December 31, 2001

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