Date: Sun, 8 May 1994 10:12:00 EDT From: "Dennis.Preston" <22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.EDU> Subject: case The observation that 'case' also has a gambling/underworld sense of 'last' matches data and memory I have. It would have been excluded from DARE both on the grounds that it belonged to a special register (or registers) and that it had no clear geographic distribution. In this register, however, it is not clear to me if the term 'case' for last is extended from cards to money or vice-versa. My clearest memory of it (and this is confirmed in some old data I have from the '60's) is in reference to cards, particularly 'desirable' ones, and most specifically the 'case ace,' the last ace in the deck in that hand. Dennis Preston N.B.: New address <22709mgr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]>