Thimblerig meaning

thĭmbəl-rĭg
One who operates a thimblerig.
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To swindle with or as if with a thimblerig.
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To cheat or swindle, as in this game.
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A game of skill which requires the bettor to guess under which of three small cups (thimbles) a pea-sized object has been placed after the party operating the game rapidly rearranges them, providing opportunity for sleight-of-hand trickery; a shell game.
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One operating such a game.
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To cheat in the thimblerig game.
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To cheat by trickery.
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Origin of thimblerig