thimblerig


1thim·ble·rig

noun \-ˌrig\

Definition of THIMBLERIG

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
:  one who manipulates the cup in thimblerig :  thimblerigger

First Known Use of THIMBLERIG

1826

2thimblerig

transitive verb

Definition of THIMBLERIG

1
:  to cheat by trickery
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>

First Known Use of THIMBLERIG

1839

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