One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sequence of play in bridge or whist in which partners alternately trump each other's leads.
- ‘If he has shortness in either clubs or hearts, a cross-ruff will develop.’
- ‘If those survive, you have five tricks in the bank, and seven more coming via a high cross-ruff.’
- ‘Play is better, and the computer follows set lines - finesse, cross-ruffs, drawing of trumps and so on - with dogged competence.’
- ‘If the declarer continues the cross-ruff the defence cannot prevent ten tricks.’
- ‘In this case, your plan will be to play a cross-ruff, by trumping outside suits in both your hand and dummy's.’
Alternately trump particular suits in bridge or whist.‘the two were crossruffing for some time’with object ‘he decided to crossruff spades in dummy and hearts in hand’
- ‘He cross-ruffed diamonds and spades twice.’
- ‘She won the diamond continuation with her Ace, ruffed a club, pitched a diamond on the J and cross-ruffed spades and clubs to make ten tricks.’
- ‘But when he won the king the defence cross-ruffed the next three tricks to put the game two light.’
- ‘She took her top tricks and cross-ruffed the remainder for 13 tricks.’
- ‘After cashing his two top Hearts, the declarer peacefully cross-ruffed his way to 12 tricks, conceding a Diamond at the end.’
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