Blackjack



a short, leather-covered club, consisting of a heavy head on a flexible handle, used as a weapon.
Cards.

twenty-one (def 4).
Also called natural. (in twenty-one) an ace together with a ten or a face card as the first two cards dealt.
a variety of twenty-one in which any player can become dealer.

black flag (defs 1, 2).
a small oak, Quercus marilandica, of the eastern U.S., having a nearly black bark and a wood of little value except for fuel.
a large drinking cup or jug for beer, ale, etc., originally made of leather coated externally with tar.
Compare bombard (def 7).
caramel or burnt sugar for coloring spirits, vinegar, coffee, etc.
Mineralogy. a dark, iron-rich variety of sphalerite.
to strike or beat with a blackjack.
to compel by threat.
John Joseph (“Blackjack”) 1860–1948, U.S. general: commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
Military.

a 46-ton (42 metric tons) U.S. heavy tank of 1944–52, with a five-man crew and a 90mm gun.
a two-stage surface-to-surface ballistic missile.

Contemporary Examples

Meghan McCain: Let John McCain Go to Las Vegas Meghan McCain March 14, 2011
One First-Timer’s Adventures in Culebra and Puerto Rico Kara Cutruzzula March 13, 2013
The Man Who Made Celine Ramin Setoodeh March 14, 2011
The Anthony Weiner Scandal: C’mon, America, Nobody’s Perfect Lee Siegel June 10, 2011
Mitt Romney’s Last-Ditch Strategy: Inflame the Base Michael Tomasky September 15, 2012

Historical Examples

The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
Agent Nine and the Jewel Mystery Graham M. Dean
The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
Whirligigs O. Henry

noun
a truncheon of leather-covered lead with a flexible shaft
verb
(transitive) to hit with or as if with a blackjack
(transitive) to compel (a person) by threats
noun (cards)
pontoon or any of various similar card games
the ace of spades
noun
a dark iron-rich variety of the mineral sphalerite
noun
a small oak tree, Quercus marilandica, of the southeastern US, with blackish bark and fan-shaped leaves Also called blackjack oak
noun
a tarred leather tankard or jug
noun
John Joseph, nickname Black Jack. 1860–1948, US general. He was commander in chief of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe (1917–19)
noun
a US ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear or conventional warhead
n.

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