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1. See shell game.
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.
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(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)]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
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Past participle: thimblerigged
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|Noun||1.||thimblerig - a swindling sleight-of-hand game; victim guesses which of three things a pellet is under|
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