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card sb. (1 always in fig. phrases; 2 cf. ‘That law . . . is the card to guide the world by’, Hooker)
1. playing-card John V. ii. 105 “the best cards for the game,” Tit. V. i. 100 “As sure a card as ever won the set;—card of ten,” card with ten pips, hence phr. “fac'd it with a card of ten,” put on a bold front Shr. II. i. 399 (cf. the use of ‘facing-card’ in the 17th cent.=imposing allegation or argument); —“cooling card,” app. term or some lost card-game, used fig.=something that cools one's ardour 1H6 V. iii. 84;—“Pack'd cards with,” made a fraudulent arrangement with Ant. IV. xii. [xiv.] 19
2. card on which the 32 points are marked in the mariner's compass Mac. I. iii. 17 “All the quarters that they know I' the shipman's card” ; fig. guide, directory Ham. V. ii. 115 “the card or calendar of gentry; speak by the card,” to be exact to a point, express oneself with nicety Ham. V. i. 148.
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