a sleight-of-hand swindling game in which the operator palms a pellet or pea while appearing to cover it with one of three thimblelike cups, and then, moving the cups about, offers to bet that no one can tell under which cup the pellet or pea lies.
verb (used with object), thimblerigged, thimblerigging.
to cheat by or as by the thimblerig.

1815–25; thimble + rig

thimblerigger, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To thimble-rigged
World English Dictionary
thimblerig (ˈθɪmbəlˌrɪɡ)
1.  a game in which the operator rapidly moves about three inverted thimbles, often with sleight of hand, one of which conceals a token, the other player betting on which thimble the token is under
vb , -rigs, -rigging, -rigged
2.  (tr) to cheat or swindle, as in this game
[C19: from thimble + rig (in obsolete sense: a trick, scheme)]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature