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Bridge can be as bad as NASA for confusing acronyms and lingo! Welcome to the Jargon Jungle - a glossary of bridge terms designed to help you hack your way through to a better understanding of the game of bridge. Just click on the first letter of the word you wish to find!  Each letter of the alphabet reloads the page.

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z

Elimination: To play all the cards in a particular suit so that defenders can not play that suit - either because they no longer have any or because it will provide a sluff and ruff.

Endplay: A situation, often but not necessarily occurring toward the end of the play of a hand, where a player is on lead and for this reason any play gives up a trick. For example, having to lead from the last two cards of a hand when those cards are KJ of trumps and an opponent holds AQ.

Entry: A card which will take a trick even if the hand containing it is not leading to the trick; very important since it enables that hand to get the lead to take other winners, for finessing, etc. Whether a particular card is an entry generally depends on the holding in the other hands - i.e. the ace of a non-trump suit is a sure entry only if you know that your partner or an opponent will lead that suit and it won't be ruffed.

Establish: To eliminate all high cards held by the opponents in a suit, so that your small ones will take tricks (unless ruffed). One also speaks of establishing a some number of tricks; for example, if you hold KQJ opposite xx in a suit at no trump, and the opponents take the ace on the first round of the suit, when two tricks have been established for your side.
 

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