in bridge scoring
. When a bridge contract
a certain number of points corresponding to the trump suit
of the contract are scored below the line
. A partnership
needs to accumulate
100 points below the line
in order to win a
. Sometimes this happens in a single hand at a sufficiently high
level. Hands played (successfully) for lesser contracts result in a
, or part of the score needed for game, below the line,
reducing the amount needed to reach game on the next hand.
When one side reaches game, a new line is drawn, and any part score
the other side had is moved above the line (thus ceasing to be
a part score).
Also used to describe the smaller contracts which result in part scores