from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A game, usually involving gambling, in which a person hides a small object underneath one of three nutshells, thimbles, or cups, then shuffles them about on a flat surface while spectators try to guess the final location of the object.
- noun A fraud or deception perpetrated by shifting conspicuous things to hide something else.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A game of skill which requires the bettor to guess under which of three small cups (or
shells) a pea-sized object has been placed after the party operating the game rapidly rearranges them, providing opportunity for sleight-of-hand trickery.
- noun Any
confidence scheme, especially one involving the rapid movement of investment funds to a location beyond recovery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a swindling sleight-of-hand game; victim guesses which of three things a pellet is under
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