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PRONUNCIATION:  spd
NOUN:1. Games a. A black, leaf-shaped figure on certain playing cards. b. A playing card with this figure. c. also spades (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The suit of cards represented by this figure. 2. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Black person.
IDIOM:in spades To a considerable degree: They had financial trouble in spades.
ETYMOLOGY:Italian spade, pl. of spada, card suit, from Latin spatha, sword, broad-bladed stirrer, from Greek spath, broad blade.
 
 
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