Thimblerig v. t. (past & past part. thimblerigged; pres. part. thimblerigging) To swindle by means of small cups or thimbles, and a pea or small ball placed under one of them and quickly shifted to another, the victim laying a wager that he knows under which cup it is; hence, to cheat by any trick.
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