Wednesday, January 23, 2013


four-flusher [ˈfɔrˌflʌʃər] n.

1.) A pretender, braggart, humbug (O.E.D. 2nd Ed.).

Etymology: In poker, a four flush (also bob-tail flush) is a flush containing only four (instead of five) cards, and hence almost worthless. Thus four-flush as adjective, meaning 'lacking in genuineness', and as intransitive verb, meaning 'to act in a bluffing or fraudulent manner'.

"'Couldn't it have been a suicide?" I asked. With Tim Noonan getting a last-minute bright idea to stick it on Max?'
'That four-flusher shoot himself? Not a chance'" (Red Harvest, Dashiell Hammett, 1929).

(The Abduction of Parolles, Francis Wheatley, 1792)

1 comment:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I always wondered what the origin of that expression was! Thanks!

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