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ˈθɪm bəlˌrɪgthim·b·lerig

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shell game, thimblerignoun

    a swindling sleight-of-hand game; victim guesses which of three things a pellet is under


  1. thimblerignoun

    A game of skill which requires the bettor to guess under which of three small cups (or thimbles) a pea-sized object has been placed after the party operating the game rapidly rearranges them, providing opportunity for sleight-of-hand trickery; a shell game.

  2. thimblerignoun

    One operating such a game.

  3. thimblerigverb

    To cheat in the thimblerig game.

  4. thimblerigverb

    To cheat by trickery.

  5. Etymology: From thimble + rig


  1. Thimblerig

    The shell game (also known as thimblerig, three shells and a pea, the old army game) is often portrayed as a gambling game, but in reality, when a wager for money is made, it is almost always a confidence trick used to perpetrate fraud. In confidence trick slang, this swindle is referred to as a short-con because it is quick and easy to pull off. The shell game is related to the cups and balls conjuring trick, which is performed purely for entertainment purposes without any purported gambling element.


  1. thimblerig

    Thimblerig is a deceptive game or scam, often performed in public places, primarily for gambling or entertainment. Traditionally, it involves three small cups or shells (the thimbles) and a small ball or pea, the operator quickly shuffles around, and the audience bets on which cup the ball ends up under. The game is typically rigged so the operator can control where the ball goes, making it essentially a con trick or a form of fraud. It can also refer to any similar dishonest scheme or trick.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thimblerignoun

    a sleight-of-hand trick played with three small cups, shaped like thimbles, and a small ball or little pea

  2. Thimblerigverb

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thimblerig in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thimblerig in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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