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thimblerig

noun thim·ble·rig \ ˈthim-bəl-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

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First Known Use of thimblerig

1826


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thimblerig

verb

Definition of thimblerig

thimblerigged; thimblerigging
1 : to cheat by trickery
2 : to swindle by thimblerig

thimblerigger

noun

Examples of thimblerig in a Sentence

  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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