One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in solo whist) a bid by which a player undertakes to win no tricks, playing with all their cards exposed on the table.
- ‘A common scoring scheme is: prop & cop 2; solo; 2 misère 3; abundance 4; misère ouverte 6; abundance declared 8.’
- ‘For that reason, some experienced players rank Misère above Abundance in trumps and Misère Ouverte as the highest bid of all, adjusting the scoring appropriately.’
- ‘A bid of misère is a bid to take no tricks and its position in the sequence of bidding can vary from game to game, as can misère ouverte.’
From misère + French ouverte (feminine) ‘open (to view)’.
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