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  • n. Plural form of cardsharper. Alternative form of cardsharps.


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  • According to Froude the place was overrun with cardsharpers and “doubtful ladies.”

    The Path Between the Seas

  • Then he was mixed up with a West End gang of cardsharpers and came into our hands, but there was no case against him.

    The Black

  • By a few strokes of his pen, in words that bite like acid, he etches for us the fools and knaves, the wife-beaters and adulterers, the cardsharpers and gamesters, the grovelling sycophants with their petty struggles for precedence or favour, their slang, their gluttony and drunkenness, their moral and physical corruption.

    The Story of Paris

  • I have noticed that cardsharpers are usually dark.

    The Chorus Girl and Other Stories

  • As a boy he had lost money at cards to some cardsharpers who scraped acquaintance with him.

    Studies in Literature and History

  • Lyndon's heroic lament, the comparison between the cardsharpers 'discomfiture and the fall of mighty warriors, make up a fine example of Thackeray's eye for graphic detail, and prove the force and temper of his incisive irony.

    Studies in Literature and History

  • Instead of the mere unadulterated villainy and meanness which were impersonated in his previous stories, we have here the complex strength and weakness of real human nature; we have the whole action lifted above the platform of city swindlers, insignificant scoundrels, and needy cardsharpers, up to a stage exhibiting historic personages and scenes, courts and battlefields; and we breathe freely in the wider air of immorality on a grand scale.

    Studies in Literature and History

  • Life is not made up of dodges worthy of cardsharpers -- and the whole mechanism becomes silly and disgusting.

    English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century

  • "She said that he had been there several nights running with two regular cardsharpers, and they'd been drinking.

    Frank Oldfield Lost and Found


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