Thim"ble*rig` (?), n.

A sleight-of-hand trick played with three small cups, shaped like thimbles, and a small ball or little pea.

 

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Thim"ble*rig`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thimblerigged (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Thimblerigging.]

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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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