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Beggarmy Neighbour

Beggar my Neighbour, a simple game of chance at cards, played by two or more persons. The pack being dealt equally to each, each in turn lays down a card until an honour appears. This must be paid for by the next player, on a scale varying from four for the ace to one for the knave; the player who has laid down the honour then takes the whole of the cards lying on the table. Should another honour appear among the cards laid down in payment, the next player has at once to pay for it similarly, and so on. The object is to obtain all the cards. The game is mentioned as existing in 1777.