from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who cheats in playing cards; one who makes it a business to fleece the unwary in games of cards.


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  • He was passionately fond of cards; but as he had no money, and could never pay his debts at cards (though he was never a card-sharper), no one at last would sit down to a game with him.

    A Desperate Character

  • There is a consciousness among all who speak of him that he amasses his money not by honest trade, but by unknown tricks as does a card-sharper.

    The Way We Live Now

  • He is a card-sharper and in general a shady personality, yet it cost father more than two thousand roubles.

    The Man Who Was Afraid

  • Of course, the worst of it is that, knowing he was a rascal, and a card-sharper, I none the less played palki with him, and risked my last rouble.

    The Idiot

  • All Moscow knows he's a card-sharper and he can't resist any little tart of a dressmaker who catches his eye.

    The Heart Of A Dog

  • The arts of the card-sharper and thimble-rigger had been prodigally employed to save the candidate of Mozart Hall.

    A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3

  • I've seen the newspaper cutting of the time, and I'm the son of a murderer, who was also a forger, a thief, and a card-sharper.

    Uncanny Tales

  • As a matter of practice it is good to be on your guard against an Englishman who speaks French perfectly; he is very likely to be a card-sharper or an attache in the diplomatic service.

    The Summing Up

  • A politician need be no more than something between a curate and a card-sharper.

    Waiting for Daylight

  • "I mean that he is a card-sharper, a common cheat."

    The Amateur Gentleman


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