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 for Elder hand
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Elder \Eld"er\, a. [AS. yldra, compar. of eald old. See Old.]
     1. Older; more aged, or existing longer.
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              Let the elder men among us emulate their own earlier
              deeds.                                --Jowett
                                                    (Thucyd. )
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     2. Born before another; prior in years; senior; earlier;
        older; as, his elder brother died in infancy; -- opposed
        to younger, and now commonly applied to a son, daughter,
        child, brother, etc.
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              The elder shall serve the younger.    --Gen. xxv.
                                                    23.
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              But ask of elder days, earth's vernal hour. --Keble.
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     Elder hand (Card Playing), the hand playing, or having the
        right to play, first. --Hoyle.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  elder hand
      n 1: the card player on the dealer's left [syn: eldest hand,
           elder hand]

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