three-card monte


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three-card monte

 (thrē′kärd)
n.
A gambling game in which the dealer shows a player three cards, then turns them face down and moves them around, and the player must guess the position of a particular card.

three′-card` mon′te


n.
a game in which a bettor must identify a stipulated card from among three cards after they have been moved around facedown.
[1850–55, Amer.]
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Noun1.three-card monte - a gambling card game of Spanish origin; 3 or 4 cards are dealt face up and players bet that one of them will be matched before the others as the cards are dealt from the pack one at a time
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
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