1. a confidence trickster who drops a supposedly valuable object, e.g. a ring, a wallet, and rather than claim it for himself, persuades a passer-by to buy it from him.
|Proceedings Old Bailey 2 July 88/1: The Prisoner has been a Gambler [...] for several Years past. [...] [note] A Gambler is one of the Modern Cant Names for a Money Dropper.|
|Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: gambler, a guinea-dropper; one class of sharpers.|
|Proc. Old Bailey 11 Oct. 149/2: I heard nothing of him 'till he was taken as a Gambler, (or Money Dropper) the Tuesday following [...] He being taken on Tuesday for Gambling, he sent Mr. Bushel, an Apothecary in St. Paul's Church-yard, to the Compter with me.|
2. a cheating card- or dice-player.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
SE in slang uses
see under roll n.