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beau joueur (plural beaux joueurs)
- A gambler, especially if skilled.
- 1861, Kemp, John, Wild Dayrell, Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, page 71:
- With refilled purses they will visit one of the thousand foreign towns, so glad to receive the beaux joueurs of England.
- 1878 November 30, “Angélique's Martingale”, in All The Year Round, number 522, page 520:
- Either the child is frightened by her three consecutive losses, and hesitates, or else the combination for which she is waiting has not yet arisen. Ninety-nine people in the hundred would surmise the former. I, who know Angélique better, and know if ever beau joueur—or rather, I suppose, belle joueuse—was born, it is that small slight child at my side, think otherwise.
- 1904, Lever, Charles, The Bramleighs of Bishop's Folly, Little, Brown, and Company, page 352:
- "You are a heart and soul gambler." ¶ "Confess, however, I am beau joueur. I know how to lose."
- A good sport, a gallant sportsman.
- 1728, Abel Boyer, The Royal Dictionary: Abridged in Two Parts, I French and English, II English and French, the Fifth Edition Corrected and Impro'd edition:
- Beau joüeur, One that plays fair, and never frets at play.
- 1909, E. T. H., “Nietzsche and Madame Blavatsky”, in Theosophical Quarterly Magazine, volume VI, number 4, page 336:
- In all the "adventures" in life, in peace and in war, the Super-man must exhibit the serenity of the beau joueur, the smiling grace of the dancer, the joyous simplicity of a child at play.
- 1959, Meyer Barash, Man and the Sacred, University of Illinois Press (2001 reprint), translation of L'homme et le sacré by Roger Caillois, 2nd edition, published 1950, Appendix II, page 162:
- There is no culture in which knowing how to win or lose loyally, without reservations, with self-control in victory, and without rancor in defeat, is not desired. One wants to be en beau joueur.