fantan fantan

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a Chinese gambling game; a random number of counters are placed under a bowl and you gamble on how many will be left (0, 1, 2, or 3 modulo 4)
  2. (n) a card game in which you play your sevens and other cards in sequence in the same suit as the sevens; you win if you are the first to use all your cards

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Usage(s):

  1. As usual, the men swarmed ashore to jam the smoky teahouses and to try their luck at fantan.
  2. It is almost dark in the gambling house by the bridge, but a fantan game is going on.
  3. When a new game of fantan or mah-jongg is about to begin, gamblers from the Chinese side quickly pad over the bridge without having to pass the French check point.
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/ˈnɛb jə ləs /