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Primero

A game at cards.

“I left him at primero with the Duke of Suffolk.” —Shakespeare: H enry VIII., i. 2.

... “Four cards were dealt to each player, the principal groups being flush, prime, and point Flush was the same as in `poker,' prime was one card of each suit, and point was reckoned as in `piquet.”' —Cyclopoedia of Games, p. 270.

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