Definition of Three-card monte

1. Noun. 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.

Exact synonyms: Four-card Monte, Monte
Generic synonyms: Card Game, Cards

Definition of Three-card monte

1. Noun. A confidence game in which the victim, or mark, is tricked into betting a sum of money that they can find the money card, for example the queen of hearts, among three face-down playing cards. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Three-card Monte

three-banded armadillo
three-base hit
three-body collisions
three-card monte (current term)
three-card trickster
three-center two-electron bond
three-centered arch
three-cornered bone
three-cornered leek
three-day event
three-day fever
three-day measles
three-dimensional diffraction pattern
three-dimensional figure

Literary usage of Three-card monte

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

1. Laws Passed by the Legislature of the State of Nebraska by Nebraska (1875)
"AN ACT For the punishment of players of three card monte, and other confidence games, and of persons for selling on railroad trains prize packages, ..."

2. The New Standard American Business Guide: A Complete Compendium of how to Do by E. T. Roe (1911)
"... he submits to his loss and humiliation in sorrowful silence THREE CARD MONTE This is an old but still commonly practiced swindling game. ..."

3. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1914)
"three-card monte "three-card monte" Is said to be a sleight of hand game or trick played with three cards, one of which is usually a court card. ..."

4. A Vocabulary of Criminal Slang, with Some Examples of Common Usages by Louis E. Jackson, C. R. Hellyer (1914)
"A "three-card monte man" is a "BROAD SPIELER"; "Tipping the broads' is riding on a purchased transportation ticket; "Beating the broads" is corrupting the ..."

5. Breeding and Developing the Trotter by John Bradburn (1906)
"Three Card Monte. — A Full Fledged Farmer. — A Hotel Keeper and Public Trainer. — A Liveryman.—My First Race. ..."

6. The Overland Monthly by Bret Harte (1874)
""this fool has been squandering gold- dust at monte—three-card monte—and does not deserve to sleep in a bed." So Armstrong ended the day's battle by going ..."

7. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1917)
"... play and practise the confidence game or swindle known as three-card monte," which was drawn under a statute providing, "whoever shall in this state, ..."

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