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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Matadore (3 syl.).
In the game of Ombre, Spadille (the ace of spades), Manille (the seven of trumps), and Basto (the ace of clubs), are called “Matadores.”   1
“Now move to war her sable Matadore …
Spadillo first, unconquerable lord,
Led off two captive trumps, and swept the board.
As many more Manillo forced to yield.
And marched a victor from the verdant field.
Him Basto followed …”
Pope: Rape of the Lock, canto iii.



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