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backgammon player

offensive slang A derogatory term for someone who engages in anal sex. A pun on "backgammon" sounding similar to other slang terms for the anus and buttocks, such as "back door" and "backside."
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bit player

1. An actor with a small or insignificant part in a performance. I've been a professional actor for a few years now, but I've only been able to find work as a bit player in a couple of television shows.
2. By extension, a person with a minor, unimportant, or unimpressive role in something. This business is full of bit players who never advance in their careers.
See also: bit, player

team player

1. Someone who works well in a team or group. John's always been a real team player, never hesitating to chip in or help others out where he can.
2. Someone who does what is necessary to maintain the success or further the goals of their team or company, especially at their own expense or to their own detriment. The boss will always try to belittle you for not being a team player if don't agree to stay late or work weekends.
See also: player, team

the cards beat all the players

obsolete All who would try to win against chance or fate will inevitably lose. You know that doing that could get you killed! You've been lucky so far, but the cards beat all the players.
See also: all, beat, card, player
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

team player someone

who works well with the group; someone who is loyal to the group. Ted is a team player. I am sure that he will cooperate with us.
See also: player, team
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

the cards beat all the players

You can't win 'em all. A fatalistic phrase which tells us that destiny—in the form of a randomly shuffled deck of playing cards—has ultimately the upper hand, no matter how skillful a player might be.
See also: all, beat, card, player
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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The 55-year-old United manager claimed any accusation his players were underperforming because they did not like him would be 'dishonest'.
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According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) media manager Raza Rashid many top international players will be seen in action in PSL.
The event is being held on Thursday, May 12, at the city's Exhibition Centre and the night will celebrate the first team, ladies and academy players as well as former players and supporters.
Awards went to: Under-14s - Players' player of the season: Leon Gentles.
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