A game at cards not unlike loo, but with this difference—the winner of one trick has to put in a double stake, the winner of two tricks a triple stake, and so on. Thus: if six persons are playing, and the general stake is ls., and A gains three tricks, he gains 6s., and has to “hand i' the cap” or pool 3s. for the next deal. Suppose A gains two tricks and B one, then A gains 4s. and B 2s., and A has to stake 3s. and B 2s. for the next deal.
“To the `Mitre Tavern' in Wood Street, a house of the greatest note
in London. Here some of us fell to handicap, a sport I never knew
before, which was very good.” —
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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