crazy eights

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crazy eights (uncountable)

  1. A card game in which players try to rid themselves of their cards by playing a matching rank or suit on the previous card played, having to draw an additional card if unable to do this; a player who plays an eight can dictate the suit to be played next.
    • 2004, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven
      We played crazy eights, war, fifty-two card pickup. Rudy flipped the whole deck across the table at me and the cards sailed to the floor, kings, queens, deuces.