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joker

1. an extra playing card in a pack, which in many card games can substitute for or rank above any other card
2. Chiefly US a clause or phrase inserted in a legislative bill in order to make the bill inoperative or to alter its apparent effect

joker

A term used by military pilots after to indicate a low-fuel state. The aircraft has just sufficient fuel to return to base and land as well as fuel reserve for diversion to the designated diversionary airfield. This call is preceded by bingo,” which indicates that aircraft involved in combat can continue to engage only for a short period of time and should try and disengage or discontinue any other exercise they are carrying out. The next call after “joker” is thirsty,” which means the fuel state is such that an immediate landing should be carried out and there is no reserve available for a diversion.
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The joker rapped it with his own, took a nimble spring upward, and came down in a fantastic dancing attitude, with one of his stained shoes jerked off his foot into his hand, and held out.
See here, my joker," said he, "if I thought you were playing any game on us, it would be short work for you.
Every day we see something new in this world; jokes become realities, and the jokers find the tables turned upon them.
During the whole time he was speaking, the queen appeared to be well pleased with the coadjutor's harangue; but terminating as it did with such a phrase, the only one which could be caught at by the jokers, Anne turned around and directed a glance toward her favorites, which announced that she delivered up the coadjutor to their tender mercies.
I am forced to admit that even though I had traveled a long distance to place Bowen Tyler's manuscript in the hands of his father, I was still a trifle skeptical as to its sincerity, since I could not but recall that it had not been many years since Bowen had been one of the most notorious practical jokers of his alma mater.
That pleased her extremely, and that was only the beginning of the fun, for surprises and presents kept popping out in the most delightful manner all through the day, the Atkinson girls being famous jokers and Rose a favourite.
Your notion of a humanity universally putting out the tongue and taking the pill from pole to pole at the bidding of a few solemn jokers is worthy of the prophet.
Thurlesbeg Joker is the favourite to win this two-run spectacular and Owen McKenna has given him a two-month break since his Hegarty 600 success to ensure he is a totally fresh dog coming into the competition.
BOREHILL Joker won nicely at Towcester a fortnight ago and he can strike again at the same track this evening in the Jenkinsons Caterers Handicap Chase (6.
DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: Joker is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older).
Dougie Walton, current team boss of Folly Lane, played under Joker during those successful Willenhall days and said: "He was a great bloke who had a big influence on a lot of footballers during his time at Willenhall.
He also introduced himself as The Joker to staff at the centre.