from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A hoodwinking trick; a guileful artifice; an imposition: as, to play the gum-game.
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The gum-game, however, is much in vogue in India, and most of these snake stories may be characterized as India Rubbish.
"It's a gum-game," protested Reeves, agitatedly, "and I ain't goin 'to fight no ostrich nor hen-hawk."