shell game(redirected from Three Shell and a Pea)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to Three Shell and a Pea: shell game
1. A game, often a swindle 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. Also called thimblerig.
2. A fraud or deception perpetrated by shifting conspicuous things to hide something else.
(Gambling, except Cards) the US name for thimblerig
1. a swindling game in which a small object is supposedly hidden under one of three walnut shells or the like and bets are made.
2. any swindle or fraud.