from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cloth for wiping sweat from the face, as a towel or a handkerchief; a sudarium.
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Chuck-a-luck, sweat-cloth, and every species of device for swindling are resorted to by the baser sort.
Under this impulse our trade becomes an incessant and hazardous adventure, like the stakes of the gambler upon the turn of the dice, or upon the figures of the sweat-cloth; a feverish impatience for success pushes everything to the verge of ruin, and only after it has toppled over the brink, and we have followed it, does the danger of the game we had been playing become apparent.
Reybold only tarried a moment at the gaming tables, where the silent, monotonous deal from the tin box, the lazy stroke of the markers, and the transfer of ivory "chips" from card to card of the sweat-cloth, impressed him as the dullest form of vice he had ever found.
It is little better than a "sweat-cloth," with thirteen figures, on which money is staked at the option of the gambler.
Here complete your outfit for the mountains: saddle, with strong girth and crupper; saddle-bags, saddle-cover, sweat-cloth, and bridle ($40, paper), woolen poncho ($9), rubber poncho ($4), blanket
(sudarion) so rendered means properly "a sweat-cloth."
“sweat-cloth,” with thirteen figures, on which money is staked at the option of the gambler.