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skin game

a dishonest or unscrupulous business operation, scheme, etc.
any cheating or fraudulent trick.
Origin of skin game
1865-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Ye tried to kill a thousand-dollar bird by a skin-game, and I'll have it out of your hide.

  • 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
  • The skin-game artists and shilabers, cheaters, flimflammers, and medicine men flock to these gatherings as flies to a picnic.

    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
British Dictionary definitions for skin-game

skin game

(slang) a swindling trick
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for skin-game

skin flute

noun phrase

The penis (1940s+)

Related Terms

play the skin flute

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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