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tinhorn

[tin-hawrn] /ˈtɪnˌhɔrn/ Slang.
noun
1.
someone, especially a gambler, who pretends to be important but actually has little money, influence, or skill.
adjective
2.
cheap and insignificant; small-time:
a tinhorn racket.
Origin of tinhorn
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; tin + horn
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  • On the last turn Smith drew another three and tinhorn another queen.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • Was tinhorn bluffing or did he have another queen in the “hole”?

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • But there was one person his story did involve, and that was Spiker, the tinhorn, tenderfoot sport of Noches.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • You wasn't laid out with a crack on the nut, old tinhorn; tell us how it happened.'

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
  • tinhorn” in particular was disturbed because of their nearness.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
     
    Caroline Lockhart
  • That makes them mad and the tinhorn bunch keep stirring up trouble.

    Corporal Cameron Ralph Connor
  • The next turn showed up a queen for tinhorn and a three-spot for Smith.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • Every tinhorn sport has his bundle, you know; but it's only your real gent that can flash a check book.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Make it Masterson, an hell make you an every other tinhorn hard to find.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • When tinhorn dealt him another jack he bought more chips and backed his pair, for tinhorn, as yet, had none in sight.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for tinhorn

tinhorn

/ˈtɪnˌhɔːn/
noun
1.
a cheap pretentious person, esp a gambler with extravagant claims
adjective
2.
cheap and showy
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Word Origin and History for tinhorn
adj.

"petty but flashy," 1857, from tin + horn (n.); originally of low-class gamblers, from the tin cans they used for shaking dice.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tinhorn

tin fish

noun phrase

A torpedo (1925+ Navy)

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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