One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A card game, particularly popular in the 19th cent., in which the usual object is to avoid winning tricks.
2Chiefly with the. The fact of taking every trick in this game. Chiefly in "to make (the) reversis". Now rare.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Mme de Sévigné's Letters. From French reversis, variant of reversi reversi.
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