Thimblerig

Definition of Thimblerig

Thim´ble`rig`
n.1.A sleight-of-hand trick played with three small cups, shaped like thimbles, and a small ball or little pea.
v. t.1.To swindle by means of small cups or thimbles, and a pea or small ball placed under one of them and quickly shifted to another, the victim laying a wager that he knows under which cup it is; hence, to cheat by any trick.
[imp. & p. p. Thimblerigged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Thimblerigging.]

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