[Ads-l] Antedating of "Straight Flush"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Apr 1 21:23:39 UTC 2023

straight flush (OED 1882)

1865 _Gold Hill_ (Nev.) _Daily News_ 29 Apr. 2/2 (Newspapers.com)  Somebody had learned the tricks of the trade ... and the sudden appearance of an "ace straight flush."

1868 _The Republican_ (Wauseon, Ohio) 30 Jan. 2/3 (Newspapers.com)  He who puts his faith in four aces ... is sure of ultimate and total ruin.  The flush of hope which the possessor of that unquestionably strong hand may feel, wll some time hopelessly fade away before the straight flush of his adversary.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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