skinball

noun

: a card game similar to faro in which players bet on which of certain cards will win or lose

called also skin game, skinning

Word History

Etymology

skin entry 2 + ball; from the fact that the cards are skinned from the top of the pack

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“Skinball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skinball. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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