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Balling the jack

Posted by ESC on November 10, 1999

In Reply to: What is the meaning of this phrase? posted by Bruce Kahl on November 09, 1999

: : Balling the Jack

: In the NYC area, balling the jack is heavy duty
: hand-clapping dancing to very loud music.
: I also know the term as the act of risking everything on one bet or throw of the dice or on a long shot horse.

BALLING THE JACK First the PG-version from the "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins" by William and Mary Morris: "balling the jack is a phrase from the jargon of railroadsmen and simply means going at top speed. It also has acquired the meaning in gambling circles of risking everything on a single throw of the dice or turn of a card."

Now the R-rated version from "

There was also, before my time, a song about a dance (I think) called "balling the jack."