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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: whisk 'whist' (17-19 centuries); perhaps because the cards are 'whisked' or taken away quickly

whist

noun
     
Related topics: Cards
whist [uncountable]
DGC a card game for four players in two pairs, in which each pair tries to win the most tricks

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