One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical A lace-up boot with a low heel, reaching to the ankle, worn by military personnel in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
- ‘After two remedial debates, the high-low feed your neighbor debate was reopened.’
- ‘The high-low deuces were introduced, and the multiple scoring (where strikes were counted apart from points) was devised.’
- ‘Roberts' team will play an up-tempo high-low offense, and he emphasized they would play loose.’
- ‘There are more complex systems for counting, but none of them yield much more than the simple high-low count detailed here.’
- ‘Logistics must also link the high-low tourist seasons during which the number of tourist varies, plus the weather seasons.’
- ‘Despite this car-like performance, the Land Cruiser retains its very high off-road abilities, with permanent four wheel drive, a Torsen central differential and a high-low ratio gearbox.’
2US A poker game in which the high and low hands split the pot.
- ‘Remember compared to about 45,000 possible hands in Hold em, there are 270,725 hand combinations possible in Omaha high-low.’
- ‘The next day, after a game of high-low, which she clearly did not win, Sarah demanded to check Mary's addition.’
- ‘And just to spice it up a bit and provide even more opportunities to get involved they make it high-low.’
- ‘Asians prefer table games such as baccarat and high-low, which require skill, not just luck.’
A signal given to one's partner to lead a suit by playing a high card and then a lower card of the same suit.
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