three-card monte

noun
\ ˈthrē-ˈkärd- How to pronounce three-card monte (audio) \

Definition of three-card monte

: a gambling game in which the dealer shows three cards, shuffles them, places them face down, and invites spectators to bet they can identify the location of a particular card

Examples of three-card monte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Golden State Warriors coach shuffled his kings and knights and pawns Saturday night, making slick moves like a guy dealing three-card monte on a street corner — to mix game metaphors — and the Memphis Grizzlies are reeling. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2022 Just like in three-card monte, everyone wins except the mark. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Topdog/Underdog For Ubuntu Theater Project, Dorian Lockett and Michael Curry star in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about brothers Lincoln and Booth, one who works as a Lincoln impersonator, the other who deals three-card monte. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2018 Topdog/Underdog For Ubuntu Theater Project, Dorian Lockett and Michael Curry star in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about brothers Lincoln and Booth, one who works as a Lincoln impersonator, the other who deals three-card Monte. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2018 That fellow in the picture who, in my thinking, appears to be dealing a game of three-card monte, is former Democratic state Sen. Jeremy Ring of Parkland. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, 24 Jan. 2018 New Orleans watched for months as the top three candidates for mayor shuffled to the lead in poll after poll like a game of three-card Monte, deceiving anyone who thought a favorite would emerge. Richard Rainey, NOLA.com, 17 Oct. 2017 And now, 40-odd years later, their achievements are under assault from a gaggle of lightweights and a president-elect whose only apparent political skill is the equivalent of a three-card monte game on the E train. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 17 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of three-card monte

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of three-card monte was in 1854

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“Three-card monte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/three-card%20monte. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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