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Examples of shell game in a Sentence
it's amazing how intelligent people fall for that investment-fund shell game
Recent Examples of shell game from the Web
Is Shell just engaged in spin, playing some kind of (ahem) shell game?
The shell game that will deposit Pompeo at State, raise up Haspel at CIA, and even possibly bring in Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as the national security adviser deserves far more attention.
Cristian Benvenuto is convinced the whole thing is a shell game.
Such shell games are unlikely to succeed much longer.
Tucker, meanwhile, was buying mansions and fast cars and making a name for himself as a professional race car driver, playing an elaborate shell game with his businesses that included fronting as a Native American-run operation.
His one-of-a-kind decks of cards, shell game equipment, juggling balls, crystal ball, silk pieces to wave over disappearing objects and other tools of his trade had vanished into thin air.
At a rigged roulette wheel, they’re taxed at a higher rate than businesses or the wealthy, then, via shell game, suckered into subprime mortgages.
The latest story in the series, published today, shows how companies ordered to repay drivers who were cheated have used legal loopholes and shell games to avoid paying.
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Did You Know?
The shell game, a swindling trick in which a small ball or pea is quickly shifted from under one to another of three walnut shells or cups to fool the spectator guessing its location, is a version of one of the oldest and most widespread forms of sleight of hand. Conjurers have performed this trick, which is also called the cups and balls trick and thimblerig, throughout the world for centuries. The version that became popular in the United States in the late 19th century used walnut shells and peas. Shell game thus became the popular term for the trick, and the trick itself became so well known that the term is now used figuratively to describe dishonest actions that are done to deceive people.
SHELL GAME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shell game for English Language Learners
: a dishonest betting game in which someone hides a ball under one of three cups or shells, moves the cups or shells around quickly, and asks an observer to guess which one the ball is under
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