Definition of thimblerig in English:

thimblerig

noun

  • another term for shell game

    ‘Select your character and find it hidden beneath one of the three containers in the game of thimblerig.’
    • ‘Find the Lady is, except for the props used, essentially the same as the probably centuries-older shell game or thimblerig.’
    • ‘There was Dr. Bennett, a riverboat gambler who invented thimblerig and could still outwit the best of them at 70.’

Pronunciation

thimblerig

/ˈTHimb(ə)lˌriɡ/ /ˈθɪmb(ə)lˌrɪɡ/

Origin

Early 19th century from thimble+ rig in the sense ‘trick, dodge’.