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I see spades

Posted by Marcus K. on March 02, 2009 at 20:38

I was looking for the origin of the phrase: "I see spades" or "he sees spades." I was under the impression that it meant to be angry.

I googled it and couldn't find any good information on origin. I also perused the forums here and found a lot of spades phrases related to bridge.

Could it be the case that if a person "saw spades", it meant they lost the game of bridge and thus became angry over it? This seems possible, can anyone confirm or give a better origin?