Bridge & other card games/Why named rubber


prepitious wrote at 2015-12-31 03:55:40
I believe the term is an variation of the phrase "there's the rub", which appears to have had it's origin lawn bowling.  An example of the phrase is found in Hamlet's soliloquy To Be Or Not To Be, written in the late 1590's, where it refers to a difficulty that ends things. The rubber is the deciding match of a series of games. It is a short step to consolidate the phrase there's the rub to a single word, rubber, but more than likely it is a contraction of a phrase not unlike, "that's the rubber", probably referring to the winning play.

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