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 Glazier.Gleichen (The Count de). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A game at cards, sometimes called cleek. Thus, in Epsom Wells, Dorothy says to Mrs. Bisket, “I’ll make one at cleek, that’s better than any twohanded game.” Ben Jonson, in the Alchemist, speaks of gleek and prim’ero as “the best games for the gallantest company.”   1
   Gleek is played by three persons. Every deuce and trois is thrown out of the pack. Twelve cards are then dealt to each player, and eight are left for stock, which is offered in rotation to the players for purchase. The trumps are called Tiddy, Tumbler, Tib, Tom, and Towser. Gleek is the German gleich (like), intimating the point on which the game turns, gleek being three cards all alike, as three aces, three kings, etc.   2

 Glazier.Gleichen (The Count de). 


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