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three-card monte

[three-kahrd] /ˈθriˌkɑrd/
noun, Cards.
a gambling game in which the players are shown three cards and bet that they can identify one particular card of the three, as stipulated by the dealer, after the cards have been moved around face down by the dealer.
a form of three-card stud poker.
Origin of three-card monte
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • O, the revision is a three-card monte speculation; that is all it is.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • Within another were all the appliances for three-card monte or Faro.

    Buckskin Mose Buckskin Mose
  • Even a more fruitful source of income than the pulley-weights was the interesting little game known as three-card monte.

  • He lost here, and so found himself at the table presided over by the three-card monte men.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
  • Not a three-card monte man or a whip seller or a vendor of non-intoxicants.

    Just Irish Charles Battell Loomis
  • Two of the well-known sharpers who hung around the camps had enticed little Pete in there, and to a game of three-card monte.

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