Definition of thimblerigger in US English:

thimblerigger

noun

  • See thimblerig

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You'll find thimbleriggers frequently, but don't be misled to play the three shells game, you'll lose!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’