Definition of skinball

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

called also skin game, skinning

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History and Etymology for skinball

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

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“Skinball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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