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chemin de fer

[shuh-man duh fair; French shuh-manduh fer] /ʃəˈmæn də ˈfɛər; French ʃə mɛ̃də ˈfɛr/
noun, Cards.
a variation of baccarat.
Origin of chemin de fer
1890-95; < French: literally, railroad; so called from the speed of the game Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Anything over two hours on the chemin-de-fer is considered a journey by these good French people!

    The Real Latin Quarter F. Berkeley Smith
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chemin de fer

/ʃəˈmæn də ˈfɛə; French ʃəmɛ̃dfɛr/
a gambling game, a variation of baccarat
Word Origin
French: railway, referring to the fast tempo of the game
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