Thimblerigged
Thimblerig Thim"ble*rig`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thimblerigged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thimblerigging}.] To swindle by means of small cups or thimbles, and a pea or small ball placed under one of them and quickly shifted to another, the victim laying a wager that he knows under which cup it is; hence, to cheat by any trick. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • thimblerigged — n. game of deception in which a small ball is hidden under one of three cup shaped objects which are then moved about while onlookers try and guess the ball s location, shell game v. cheat, swindle, deceive by a quick movement of the hands (in… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Thimblerig — Thim ble*rig , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thimblerigged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thimblerigging}.] To swindle by means of small cups or thimbles, and a pea or small ball placed under one of them and quickly shifted to another, the victim laying a wager that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thimblerigging — Thimblerig Thim ble*rig , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thimblerigged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thimblerigging}.] To swindle by means of small cups or thimbles, and a pea or small ball placed under one of them and quickly shifted to another, the victim laying a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thimblerig — thimblerigger, n. /thim beuhl rig /, n., v., thimblerigged, thimblerigging. n. 1. a sleight of hand swindling game in which the operator palms a pellet or pea while appearing to cover it with one of three thimblelike cups, and then, moving the… …   Universalium

  • thimblerig — /ˈθɪmbəlrɪg/ (say thimbuhlrig) noun 1. a swindling game in which the operator apparently covers a small ball or pea with one of three thimble like cups, and then, moving the cups about, offers to bet that no one can tell under which cup the ball… …   Australian English dictionary

  • thimblerig — [thim′bəl rig΄] n. [see RIG] SHELL GAME vt., vi. thimblerigged, thimblerigging to cheat or swindle, as in this game thimblerigger n …   English World dictionary

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