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 (tĕn′ās′, tĕ-nās′, tĕn′ĭs)
n. Games
A combination of two high cards of the same suit separated by two degrees, such as the king and jack of hearts, especially in a bridge or whist hand.

[French, from Spanish tenaza, tongs, tenace, from tenaces, pl. of tenaz, tenacious, from Latin tenāx, tenāc-; see tenacious.]
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(Bridge) bridge whist a holding of two nonconsecutive high cards of a suit, such as the ace and queen
[C17: from French, from Spanish tenaza forceps, ultimately from Latin tenāx holding fast, from tenēre to hold]
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(in bridge) a sequence of two high cards of the same suit that lack an intervening card to be in consecutive order, as the ace and queen.
[1645–55; < French < Sp tenazas literally, tongs]
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