Posted by Brian from Shawnee on March 12, 2004
In Reply to: Four flusher posted by ESC on March 12, 2004
: : Does any one here know where the term four flusher came from and what it refers to?
: : I thought that perhaps it referred to cheating at poker?
: Merriam-Webster online:
: Main Entry: four-flush
: Function: intransitive verb
: : to bluff in poker holding a four flush; broadly : to make a false claim : BLUFF
An actual Flush in poker consists of 5 cards of the same suit. If you have 5 consecutive cards of the same suit, it's a Straight Flush, and if those 5 cards run from 10 thru Ace, it's called a Royal Flush.
A cheating Four Flusher will show his hand, with only four cards of the same suit, and the 5th card obscured in such a way that anyone taking only a quick glance will think it's a true 5-card flush.
That's the meaning I've always understood, but in looking around on the internet, including the M-W.com definition posted by ESC, it seems that four-flushing can mean "bluff". That's funny, because bluffing in poker is not illegal, but cheating is. I had always thought of a Four Flusher as a cheater.