coffeehousing

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(distracting an opponent): From the chat or banter in a coffeehouse.

Noun[edit]

coffeehousing (uncountable)

  1. The act of distracting an opponent in a game by chattering.
  2. (by extension) Unethical behaviour at the table during bridge or another game.

Usage notes[edit]

Used by bridge and poker players, among others.