a sleight-of-hand swindling game resembling thimblerig but employing walnut shells or the like instead of thimblelike cups.
any deceit, swindle, fraud, or the like.
Words nearby shell game
Origin of shell game
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for shell game
the US name for thimblerig
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