One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Informal. A close friend, a partner, an accomplice. Now rare and chiefly historical.
2Euchre. The jack of trumps, the highest-ranking (or second highest-ranking) card in euchre.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Scioto Gazette (Chillicothe, Ohio). From right + bower.
right bower/ˈrʌɪt ˌbaʊə/
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