Shell-game meaning

A game, usually involving gambling, in which a person hides a small object underneath one of three nutshells, thimbles, or cups, then shuffles them about on a flat surface while spectators try to guess the final location of the object.
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A fraud or deception perpetrated by shifting conspicuous things to hide something else.
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A game, typically a swindle, in which spectators are challenged to bet on the location of a small object ostensibly concealed under one of three cups or nutshells manipulated by sleight of hand.
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Any scheme for tricking and cheating people.
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A game of skill which requires the bettor to guess under which of three small cups (shells) a pea-sized object has been placed after the party operating the game rapidly rearranges them, providing opportunity for sleight-of-hand trickery.
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Any confidence scheme, especially one involving the rapid movement of investment funds to a location beyond recovery.
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