whistle-jack, n.; sweat, n.

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Feb 5 16:27:52 UTC 2008

I think I've heard "Sweat" as a reference to a card game, but don't
recall where.  This site at least
has a reference to a poker variant called "Mexican Sweat".


At 2/5/2008 10:35 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>Not on OED, but some kind of (card?) game they used to play:
>   1862 in Alan D. Gaff _On Many a Bloody Field_ (Bloomington:
> Indiana U. P., 1996) 107: Play poker, casino, dominoes, whist, old
> sledge, eucher, whistle jack and muggins.
>   Or you could play "sweat" instead:
>   1863 in Bell I. Wiley _The Life of Billy Yank_ (Indianapolis:
> Bobbs-Merrill, 1952) 251: Aug. 28: Lost $5.00 at Sweat this morning
> but won it back again at Bluff....Aug. 30...Lost $10.00 at Bluff &
> Sweat and set up a board winning more than I lost.
>   JL
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