Definition of Shell game

1. Noun. A swindling sleight-of-hand game; victim guesses which of three things a pellet is under.

Exact synonyms: Thimblerig
Generic synonyms: Cheat, Rig, Swindle



Definition of Shell game

1. Noun. A game of skill which requires the bettor to guess under which of three small cups (or shells) a pea-sized object has been placed after the party operating the game rapidly rearranges them, providing opportunity for sleight-of-hand trickery. ¹

2. Noun. Any confidence scheme, especially one involving the rapid movement of investment funds to a location beyond recovery. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shell Game

shell-lacs
shell-less
shell-like
shell-likes
shell-pad
shell-paddock
shell-shock
shell-shocked
shell-suit
shell-suits
shell bean
shell bean plant
shell collecting
shell corporation
shell entity
shell game (current term)
shell ginger
shell jacket
shell moulding
shell nail
shell out
shell parakeet
shell plating
shell script
shell scripts
shell shock
shell shocked
shell stitch
shell suit
shell suits

Literary usage of Shell game

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Standard American Business Guide: A Complete Compendium of how to Do by E. T. Roe (1911)
"shell game This game also usually is worked at county fairs, and, like three card monte, its success depends upon sleight of hand deception. ..."

2. Easy Money by Harry Brolaski (1911)
"shell game. One of the oldest games used by grafters to fleece the people is the shell game, sometimes called the potato game. Three empty halves of English ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The pea being placed on a table and covered THIMBLE RIG, or SHELL-GAME, ... In the United States the trick is commonly known as the shell-game and is ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The pea being placed on a table and covered THIMBLE RIG, or SHELL-GAME, ... In the United States the trick is commonly known as the shell-game and is ..."

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