inside straight

noun
1.
Poker. a set of four cards, as the five, seven, eight, and nine, requiring one card of a denomination next above or below the second or third ranking cards of the set to make a straight.
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2.
draw to an inside straight, to build up hopes for something that has little or no chance of happening.
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Neutron diffraction measurements are being made to characterize stresses inside straight tubes and in tube bends and welds.
The reason why in poker you don't draw to an inside straight, even if you get four out of five, the fifth card is never there.
But even if there is, you are trying to draw to an inside straight.
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