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 Platter with Two Eyes (A).Play the Deuce. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Play.
 
“This may be play to you, ’tis death to us.” The allusion is to the fable of the boys throwing stones at some frogs. (Roger L’Estrange.)   1
   As good as a play. So said King Charles when he attended the discussion of Lord Ross’s “Divorce Bill.”   2
 


 Platter with Two Eyes (A).Play the Deuce. 

 
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