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Among Ashkenazic Jews: a card game resembling beggar-my-neighbour, in which two players attempt to match cards from the pack in an ascending or descending sequence until all the playable cards are used up, the winner being the player who has the fewest cards remaining.
1920s; earliest use found in The Weekly Dispatch. From Yiddish pishe peyshe, of uncertain origin.
pisha paysha/ˌpɪʃə ˈpeɪʃə/
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