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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Play the Deuce.
 
The Irish say, Play the pooka. Pooka or Pouke is an evil spirit in the form of a wild colt, who does great hurt to benighted travellers.   1
 


 Play.Played Out. 

 
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