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Deuce of Cards

(The). The two (French, deux). The three is called “Tray” (French, trois; Latin, tres).

“A gentleman being punched by a butcher's tray, exclaimed,`Deuce take the tray.' `Well,' said the boy, `I don't know how the deuce is to take the tray.”' —Jest Book.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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