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2002.12.04

Hi! The card play continues here at WordMaster, and today's word is one you simply must know if you want to talk about the game.

Today's Lesson
HAND (OF CARDS)   持ち札、ひと勝負

Explanation

  • A hand of cards is the set of cards held by a player in a card game.

    A hand is also a stage in a card game. A hand usually begins when the cards are distributed to the players and ends when the cards are gathered up again.
  • hand には、トランプゲームをやっている人の持ち札、という意味があります。

    また、カードが配られてから、カードが再び集められるまでの間、つまり、ひと勝負、という意味もあります。

examples

  1. In poker, it's important not to let the other players know that you have a strong hand.
  2. (explaining the rules of a card game)
    The object of the game [= how to win] is to get rid of all the cards in your hand before anyone else.
  3. a: Okay, show me your cards. Let's see who has the best hand.
    b: I've got four aces. Can you beat that?
  4. It's late. Let's stop after the next hand, okay?
  5. I've lost the last six hands. I've never had such bad luck at cards before.

See you again tomorrow!