from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The practice of cheating at cards; the profession of the card-sharper.


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  • As Prince of Wales, first gentleman of Europe (God help us), he was the bright particular star and pack leader of the genteel rabble assembled at Tranby Croft, Yorks, for the Doncaster races, and knew perfectly well that any serious breach of polite behaviour by a fellow guest, such as card-sharping, was bound to land on his mat.


  • He was not to know that Moran, after retiring from the Indian Army, had turned his uncanny marksmanship to account by becoming a professional assassin in the employ of Holmes's arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty, or that the Colonel eked out his contract fees by card-sharping, as in the case of Stanger and Adair.


  • Paul had been a clever "confidence artist" when Cameron first encountered him, alternating his time between parting fools from their money by sheer persuasion and by card-sharping.

    red dust

  • Y 'see, being shut off from card-sharping, he was up against it, and so took to pot-hunting to get along.

    The Passing of Cock-Eye Blacklock

  • I once paid a great deal of attention to card-sharping tricks and as I acquired them, either of myself or from practiced gamblers, I demonstrated them to the young criminalists.

    Criminal Psychology: a manual for judges, practitioners, and students

  • And as to card-sharping, you've no talent whatever.

    The Swindler and Other Stories

  • "How much more if I call you a lying, card-sharping swindler?"

    An Amiable Charlatan

  • The blighter once cross-examined me in a card-sharping case and made me look the biggest damned fool in Europe.

    Aladdin of London or, Lodestar

  • The atmosphere was exactly what it would have been in England if he had been accused of cowardice or card-sharping.

    What I Saw in America

  • "I'm not going in for card-sharping or anything of that kind!"

    The Long Portage


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