drop game n.
1. (UK Und., also drop trick) a confidence trick whereby the victim is persuaded to pay money for a wallet, ring or some valuable, supposedly found on the ground but actually planted by the con man.
|Glance at N.Y. I i: I think you can come the drop game there, while I go and sell the silver one.|
|N.Y. Daily Trib. 15 Oct. 2/2: Bob Neil was [arrested] for trying to ‘come the drop game’.|
|Grand River Thames (MI) 15 June 2/1: An aged and venerated clergyman [...] was successfully operated on last Thursday evening by New York sharpers, with the drop game.|
|Broadway Belle (N.Y.) 22 Oct. 4/2–3: I now explained to this ‘green un’ the pocket-book drop game and [...] he left the city a wiser man.|
|Americanisms 300: Another danger [...] threatens strangers in the large cities. A man walking before him, pretends to find a well-filled pocketbook, and either offers it to him, minus a certain sum for immediate need, for advertising, with the expectation of a liberal reward, or, with more cynicism, downright suggests a division of spoils. In either case his greed is justly punished by finding himself the owner of a roll of counterfeit bills, and out of pocket for the sum of good money [...] drop-game, as the cheat is called.|
|Wash. Times (DC) 14 Mar. 6/2: Colored flim-flammers netted $700 yesterday by means of the ‘drop’ pocketbook trick.|
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
2. in gambling, a trick whereby a gambler substitutes a note of higher value than that which was apparently bet, then reveals its worth and demands to be paid the correspondingly greater winnings.
|Wanderings of a Vagabond 377: What, pay you $1,000, you big thief! Why, you’ve already lost that bill twice, and then snatched it up and put $50 in its place. Playing a drop game, are ye?|
(UK Und.) a confidence trickster, specializing in ring dropping n. (1)
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: drop coves Persons who practise the fraud of dropping a ring or other article, and picking it up before the person intending to be defrauded, they pretend that the thing is very valuable to induce their gull to lend them money, or purchase the article.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
(US Und.) a confidence trickster who performs the drop game.
|N.Y. Daily Trib. 13 Nov. 4/1: A drop gamester named Charles Granger.|