1. to obtain through trickery.
|Woman’s Wit I i: Let him [...] bilk his Lodging, – and now and then sharp a Play in the Side Box.|
|Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 201: A curious Gold Medal, which he had sharp’d somewhere.|
2. to trick, to defraud; thus sharping adj.; sharping n.
|Whores Rhetorick 84: She or he that intends to sharp a Bawd [...] must get up before Lucifer.|
|King Arthur Prol. 38 n.p.: Among the rest there are a sharping set That pray for us, and yet against us bet [F&H].|
|Wooden World 13: Should a half-starv’d Sailor sharp a Pair of old Shoes from him, he would surely drub the pilfering Cur to Death for it.|
|Compleat and Humorous Account of Remarkable Clubs (1756) 261: He was forced to make use of the wicked Wit he had learn’d, and turn as sharping a Town-Shift.|
|Life of Richard Nash in Coll. Works (1966) III 348: He was gaming just now with a sharping fellow, and lost forty shillings.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|Wild Boys of London I 292/2: He was determined to sharp the sharpers. And he did to rights.|
|Ready-Money Mortiboy 148: It is not usual to see men play in your fashion. You have sharped us, sir – sharped us.|
|Pink ’Un and Pelican 26: The dirty little pothouse clubs — where ‘stay-at-home sportsmen’ sate and sharped each other.|
|Timber Wolves 221: From the boss down, you’re a set of sharping blackguards.|