playing cards; thus boardsman, one who runs a three-card trick game.
|N.Z. Truth 30 Nov. 2/3: It comes to my deal again and when I picks up the boards I reckon he’s mine.|
|Townsville Daily Bulletin (Aus.) 14 June 13: Cards are alluded to as ‘boards’, and the rogues who practice the three-card trick are the ‘boardsmen’.|
|Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 120: Easier than geein’ up the punters with boards, innit?|
|(con. c.1900) East End Und. 37: His father and his uncle used to play the ‘Crown and Anchor’, going about with the boards.in Samuel|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 21: Boards Playing cards.|
1. to conduct a game of three-card monte.
|DAUL 225/2: Toss the boards. To operate the swindle-game three-card monte.et al.|
2. to deal cards, esp. in a crooked or illegal manner.
|(con. 1950s) Whoreson 37: We both knew how to toss the boards.|
SE in slang uses
(US) to excess, to a great extent.
|Checkers 22: The ‘bookies’ are swipin’ it off the boards.|
|More Ex-Tank Tales 129: It is perfectly legitimate for him to back a ringer right off the boards if [...] he needs the money badly.|
|Little Caesar (1932) 18: It’s the damn newspapers. They play that crime stuff off the boards.|