Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game, as of cards, in which one player has no chance against another, as when the cards are stocked or other tricks are played to cheat or fleece; any confidence-game.
“I suppose it's some parental promise she's made, or some skin-game buyer has been through here and threw a wrench in the gears.”
“And because grafters, shilabers, and skin-game artists follow circuses, the public thinks these are a part of it.”
“The skin-game artists and shilabers, cheaters, flimflammers, and medicine men flock to these gatherings as flies to a picnic.”
“No sooner did I get together a sort of pile and start out for the old town, when some smooth stranger would come along and steer me up against some skin-game, and back I'd have to go to work.”
“Not until popular government was established could they get in to open their skin-game, which was better and safer for them than ordinary highway faring.”
“Life's a skin-game," he was fond of repeating, and on this one note he rang the changes.”
“Ye tried to kill a thousand-dollar bird by a skin-game, and I'll have it out of your hide.”
“She was very loyal, and fortunately rather flyaway both in mind and body; before long she always joined him in his feeling that the whole transaction had been just the usual 'skin-game' on the part of Providence to keep them out of their expectations.”
“This name is from two Greek words which signify "arrangement" and "skin," so that the ancient Greeks, no doubt, regarded taxidermy as the original skin-game of that period.”
“If I give ye that twenty thousand, you'll throw it away in the first skin-game in 'Frisco, and hand it over to the first short-card sharp you'll meet.”
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