card sharp

noun
\ ˈkärd-ˌshärp How to pronounce card sharp (audio) \
variants: or cardsharp or especially formerly cardsharper \ ˈkärd-​ˌshär-​pər How to pronounce card sharp (audio) \
plural card sharps or cardsharps also cardsharpers

Definition of card sharp

: a person who makes money by cheating at card games : card shark An Italian card sharp who used infra-red contact lenses to count cards marked with invisible ink has been jailed for two years.— Henry Samuel Fields folded in on himself like a cardsharp checking the aces up his sleeve …— Richard Alleva There was no evil which they would not believe of Mazarin, that he was a thief, a cardsharper, a perverted libertine …— H. A. L. Fisher also : a skilled card player … 350 big-time cardsharps convened last week for the 29th annual World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe hotel and casino … — Tricia Laine and Andrew Essex

Examples of card sharp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The yarn Guimarães tells about encountering one of his idols, a storied cardsharp who could effortlessly pull off any sleight of hand necessary to tilt a high-stakes game in his favor, gets lost in the shuffle of the show’s activities. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Helder Guimarães peers into ‘The Future’ for more Zoom magic. The view is fuzzy," 13 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of card sharp

1858, in the meaning defined above

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22 Dec 2020

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“Card sharp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/card%20sharp. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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