thimblerig


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thim·ble·rig

 (thĭm′bəl-rĭg′)
n.
2. One who operates a thimblerig.
tr.v. thim·ble·rigged, thim·ble·rig·ging, thim·ble·rigs
To swindle with or as if with a thimblerig.

thim′ble·rig′ger n.

thimblerig

(ˈθɪmbəlˌrɪɡ)
n
(Gambling, except Cards) a game in which the operator rapidly moves about three inverted thimbles, often with sleight of hand, one of which conceals a token, the other player betting on which thimble the token is under
vb, -rigs, -rigging or -rigged
(Gambling, except Cards) (tr) to cheat or swindle, as in this game
[C19: from thimble + rig (in obsolete sense: a trick, scheme)]
ˈthimbleˌrigger n

thim•ble•rig

(ˈθɪm bəlˌrɪg)

n., v. -rigged, -rig•ging. n.
1. a shell game in which thimblelike cups are used instead of shells.
v.t.
2. to cheat by or as if by thimblerig.
[1815–25]
thim′ble•rig`ger, n.

thimblerig


Past participle: thimblerigged
Gerund: thimblerigging

Imperative
thimblerig
thimblerig
Present
I thimblerig
you thimblerig
he/she/it thimblerigs
we thimblerig
you thimblerig
they thimblerig
Preterite
I thimblerigged
you thimblerigged
he/she/it thimblerigged
we thimblerigged
you thimblerigged
they thimblerigged
Present Continuous
I am thimblerigging
you are thimblerigging
he/she/it is thimblerigging
we are thimblerigging
you are thimblerigging
they are thimblerigging
Present Perfect
I have thimblerigged
you have thimblerigged
he/she/it has thimblerigged
we have thimblerigged
you have thimblerigged
they have thimblerigged
Past Continuous
I was thimblerigging
you were thimblerigging
he/she/it was thimblerigging
we were thimblerigging
you were thimblerigging
they were thimblerigging
Past Perfect
I had thimblerigged
you had thimblerigged
he/she/it had thimblerigged
we had thimblerigged
you had thimblerigged
they had thimblerigged
Future
I will thimblerig
you will thimblerig
he/she/it will thimblerig
we will thimblerig
you will thimblerig
they will thimblerig
Future Perfect
I will have thimblerigged
you will have thimblerigged
he/she/it will have thimblerigged
we will have thimblerigged
you will have thimblerigged
they will have thimblerigged
Future Continuous
I will be thimblerigging
you will be thimblerigging
he/she/it will be thimblerigging
we will be thimblerigging
you will be thimblerigging
they will be thimblerigging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been thimblerigging
you have been thimblerigging
he/she/it has been thimblerigging
we have been thimblerigging
you have been thimblerigging
they have been thimblerigging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been thimblerigging
you will have been thimblerigging
he/she/it will have been thimblerigging
we will have been thimblerigging
you will have been thimblerigging
they will have been thimblerigging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been thimblerigging
you had been thimblerigging
he/she/it had been thimblerigging
we had been thimblerigging
you had been thimblerigging
they had been thimblerigging
Conditional
I would thimblerig
you would thimblerig
he/she/it would thimblerig
we would thimblerig
you would thimblerig
they would thimblerig
Past Conditional
I would have thimblerigged
you would have thimblerigged
he/she/it would have thimblerigged
we would have thimblerigged
you would have thimblerigged
they would have thimblerigged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thimblerig - a swindling sleight-of-hand gamethimblerig - a swindling sleight-of-hand game; victim guesses which of three things a pellet is under
swindle, cheat, rig - the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme; "that book is a fraud"
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