card1 W2S1 [ka:d US ka:rd] n
5¦(stiff paper)¦
6¦(for writing information)¦
8 football/baseball etc card
11 be on the cards
12 play your cards right
13 put/lay your cards on the table
14 play/keep your cards close to your chest
15 get/be given your cards
16 have another card up your sleeve
17 trump/best/strongest card
18 somebody's card is marked
21¦(list at sports event)¦
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: carte, from Old Italian carta 'sheet of paper', from Latin charta; CHART1]
a small piece of plastic or paper containing information about a person or showing, for example, that they belong to a particular organization, club etc
Employees must show their identity cards at the gate.
I haven't got my membership card yet.
2.) ¦(MONEY)¦
a small piece of plastic, especially one that you get from a bank or shop, which you use to pay for goods or to get money
Lost or stolen cards must be reported immediately.
a £10 phone card
Every time you use your store card, you get air miles.
a piece of folded thick stiff paper with a picture on the front, that you send to people on special occasions
birthday/Christmas/greetings etc card
a Mother's Day card
4.) ¦(HOLIDAY)¦
a card with a photograph or picture on one side, that you send to someone when you are on holiday
I sent you a card from Madrid.
5.) ¦(STIFF PAPER)¦[U]
BrE thick stiff paper
Cut a piece of white card 12 × 10cm.
a small piece of thick stiff paper that information can be written or printed on
a set of recipe cards
the score card from their golf game
7.) ¦(GAMES)¦
a) a small piece of thick stiff paper with numbers and signs or pictures one side. There are 52 cards in a set
pack/deck of cards
(=a complete set of cards)
b) game in which these cards are used
I'm no good at cards.
We were having a game of cards .
Let's play cards .
a book of card games
c) a small piece of thick stiff paper with numbers or pictures on them, used to play a particular game
a set of cards for playing Snap
8.) football/baseball etc card
a small piece of thick stiff paper with a picture on one side, that is part of a set which people collect
9.) ¦(BUSINESS)¦
a small piece of thick stiff paper that shows your name, job, and the company you work for;
My name's Adam Carver. Here's my card.
10.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦
the thing inside a computer that the ↑chips are attached to, that allows the computer to do specific things
a graphics card
11.) be on the cards
BrE be in the cards
AmE to seem likely to happen
At 3-1 down, another defeat seemed to be on the cards.
12.) play your cards right
to deal with a situation in the right way, so that you are successful in getting what you want
If he plays his cards right, Tony might get a promotion.
13.) put/lay your cards on the table
to tell people what your plans and intentions are in a clear, honest way
What I'd like us to do is put our cards on the table and discuss the situation in a rational manner.
14.) play/keep your cards close to your chest
to keep your plans, thoughts, or feelings secret
15.) get/be given your cards
BrE informal to have your job taken away from you
16.) have another card up your sleeve
to have another advantage that you can use to be successful in a particular situation
17.) trump/best/strongest card
something that gives you a big advantage in a particular situation
The promise of tax cuts proved, as always, to be the Republican Party's trump card.
18.) sb's card is marked
BrE if someone's card is marked, they have done something that makes people in authority disapprove of them
19.) ¦(PERSON)¦ [C usually singular]
old-fashioned informal an amusing or unusual person
Old Fred's a real card, isn't he!
20.) ¦(SPORT)¦
a small piece of stiff red or yellow paper, shown to a player who has done something wrong in a game such as football
a list of races or matches at a sports event, especially a horse race
a full card of 120 riders for the Veterans race
22.) ¦(TAROT)¦
a small piece of thick stiff paper with a special picture on one side, that is put down in a pattern in order to tell someone what will happen in their future
23.) ¦(TOOL)¦ technical
a tool that is similar to a comb and is used for combing, cleaning, and preparing wool or cotton for ↑spinning
hold all the cards athold1 (30)
play the race/nationalist/environmentalist etc card atplay1 (14)
stack the cards atstack2 (4)
card 2
card2 v [T]
[Sense: 1-2; Date: 1900-2000; Origin: CARD1]
[Sense: 3; Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: carder, from Late Latin cardus 'thistle'; because thistles were used for carding wool]
1.) especially AmE to ask someone to show a card proving that they are old enough to do something, especially to buy alcohol
2.) to show a red or yellow card to someone playing a sport such as football, to show that they have done something wrong
3.) to comb, clean, and prepare wool or cotton, before making cloth

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