One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in card games for three or more players) the first player dealt to, usually the player immediately to the left of the dealer.
- ‘The cards are dealt in rotation to the right, beginning with the eldest hand.’
- ‘When the players' seats are decided, the Eldest Hand should be determined.’
- ‘If eldest hand passes, dealer's partner may call the trump suit or pass and so on.’
- ‘The player who received the first card from the deal may be known as eldest hand, or as forehand.’
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