[Ads-l] thoughts on "stacking"/"packing"/"stocking" cards (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Tue Aug 25 17:31:06 UTC 2015


> It's intriguing, of course, that the earliest cite given is already a figurative usage [of a "stacked deck"]. 

The same can be said of "dealing from the bottom" of a deck of cards.  I've searched many times for this phrase in digitized newspapers, and it is far more common in the early 1800s as a figurative than a literal expression.


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