What is a fourflusher?

A fourflusher, in common parlance, is a bluffer, braggart or cheat. The term originated in the popular indoor diversion known as poker. In . this card game a flush consists of five cards of the same suit, all spades, hearts, diamonds or clubs. If a player gets four cards of one suit and one card of another suit he has a four flush, also called a bobtail flush. Sometimes a player with a four flush pretends to have a full flush and attempts to drive out an opponent by betting heavily. This practice is perfectly legitimate in poker, but such a player is known as a fourflusher. If he succeeds, the other players never know what, cards he held; if he is called he must show his cards and expose his bluff. A fourflusher, literally speaking, is merely a poker player who, holding four cards or a suit, bets as if he had five.