from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An unproductive mine; a duffer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Australian name for a mine which produces no valuable ore. Also called a duffer.
- n. A worthless or despicable person; specifically, one who does not pay debts of honor. Compare shyster.
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A 'shicer' is first a mining claim which turns out to be useless, and then anything that does so.
Staggering home to the tent after nightfall he would have been sure, sooner or later, to fall into a dry shicer and break his neck, or into a wet one and be drowned.
“A reg-lar ol’ shicer!” was the unanimous opinion, expressed without scruple.