A Spanish game of cards called the royal game of ombre. Prior has an epigram on the subject. He says he was playing ombre with
two ladies, and though he wished to lose, won everything, for Fortune
gave him “success in every suit but hearts.” Pope has immortalised the
game in his Rape of the Lock.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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