from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A game, as of cards, in which one player has no chance against another, as when the cards are stocked or other tricks are played to cheat or fleece; any confidence-game.


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  • I suppose it's some parental promise she's made, or some skin-game buyer has been through here and threw a wrench in the gears.

    David Lannarck, Midget An Adventure Story

  • And because grafters, shilabers, and skin-game artists follow circuses, the public thinks these are a part of it.

    David Lannarck, Midget An Adventure Story

  • The skin-game artists and shilabers, cheaters, flimflammers, and medicine men flock to these gatherings as flies to a picnic.

    David Lannarck, Midget An Adventure Story

  • No sooner did I get together a sort of pile and start out for the old town, when some smooth stranger would come along and steer me up against some skin-game, and back I'd have to go to work.

    The Little Nugget

  • Not until popular government was established could they get in to open their skin-game, which was better and safer for them than ordinary highway faring.

    In Our Town

  • "Life's a skin-game," he was fond of repeating, and on this one note he rang the changes.

    Which Make Men Remember

  • "Ye tried to kill a thousand-dollar bird by a skin-game, and I'll have it out of your hide."

    The Skipper and the Skipped Being the Shore Log of Cap'n Aaron Sproul

  • She was very loyal, and fortunately rather flyaway both in mind and body; before long she always joined him in his feeling that the whole transaction had been just the usual 'skin-game' on the part of Providence to keep them out of their expectations.


  • This name is from two Greek words which signify "arrangement" and "skin," so that the ancient Greeks, no doubt, regarded taxidermy as the original skin-game of that period.


  • If I give ye that twenty thousand, you'll throw it away in the first skin-game in 'Frisco, and hand it over to the first short-card sharp you'll meet.

    The Twins of Table Mountain


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  • A trickster betrays his sly aim
    Assailing his foe without shame.
    To charge voting fraud
    In no way seems odd
    From one who has played the skin-game.

    August 15, 2016