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thimblerig

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noun thim·ble·rig \-ˌrig\

Definition of thimblerig

  1. 1 :  a swindling trick in which a small ball or pea is quickly shifted from under one to another of three small cups to fool the spectator guessing its location

  2. 2 :  one who manipulates the cup in thimblerig :  thimblerigger



1826

First Known Use of thimblerig

1826


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thimblerig

transitive verb thim·ble·rig

Definition of thimblerig

  1. 1 :  to cheat by trickery

  2. 2 :  to swindle by thimblerig

thim·ble·rig·ger noun


Examples of thimblerig

  1. <had the feeling that I had just been thimblerigged by the sweetest-looking old lady>



1839

First Known Use of thimblerig

1839


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