cardsharp

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English[edit]

The Cardsharps, c. 1594

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From card + sharp.

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cardsharp (plural cardsharps)

  1. One who is skilled at card games, especially at cheating in them.
    One of Tim's great-grandparents had been a cardsharp in the wild west, and had been shot dead during a game.
    • 1908, W. B. M. Ferguson, Zollenstein, ch.2:
      I had never defrauded a man of a farthing, nor called him knave behind his back. But now the last rag that covered my nakedness had been torn from me. I was branded a blackleg, card-sharper, and murderer.

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