skin game

See synonyms for skin game on
  1. a dishonest or unscrupulous business operation, scheme, etc.

  2. any cheating or fraudulent trick.

Origin of skin game

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70

Words Nearby skin game Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use skin game in a sentence

  • 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.

    David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
  • And because grafters, shilabers, and skin-game artists follow circuses, the public thinks these are a part of it.

    David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
  • If I ever want to work any skin game I'll go out of the place where all my friends are.

    Patchwork | Anna Balmer Myers
  • Ye tried to kill a thousand-dollar bird by a skin-game, and I'll have it out of your hide.

  • "Th' fur trade ain't th' only skin game, young feller," he softly said.

    Bring Me His Ears | Clarence E. Mulford

British Dictionary definitions for skin game

skin game

  1. slang a swindling trick

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