- a dishonest or unscrupulous business operation, scheme, etc.
- any cheating or fraudulent trick.
Origin of skin game
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for skin game
I suppose it's some parental promise she's made, or some skin-game buyer has been through here and threw a wrench in the gears.
And because grafters, shilabers, and skin-game artists follow circuses, the public thinks these are a part of it.
The skin-game artists and shilabers, cheaters, flimflammers, and medicine men flock to these gatherings as flies to a picnic.
Ye tried to kill a thousand-dollar bird by a skin-game, and I'll have it out of your hide.The Skipper and the Skipped
- slang a swindling trick