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From the original context of betting and casino, one chancing his luck and skill and perhaps his ability to cheat.
- (informal) A shrewd political or commercial schemer, especially one who is unscrupulous; a hustler; a shady operator.
- 1990 November 26, Ed Magnuson, Hays Gorey, “You Sold Your Office”, in Time:
- Seated at separate tables to underscore their differing levels of involvement with indicted savings and loan wheeler-dealer Charles Keating, the five were fighting to regain reputations earned in a lifetime of public service.
political or commercial schemer