One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘But thimbleriggers are masters of sleight of hand and can move and manipulate the seed unfairly - so the guileless player doesn't stand a chance of winning.’
- ‘You'll find thimbleriggers frequently, but don't be misled to play the three shells game, you'll lose!’
- ‘The sort of stuff that thimbleriggers and sleight-of-hand artists peddled off the backs of wagons to gawping farmhands and country bumpkins back in the 19th century.’
- ‘I couldn't keep from laughing for he performed his trick so crudely that he would have had a hard time in our country being accepted by our apprentice thimbleriggers.’
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