nuts, the n.3
(US Und.) the shell game under shell n.; lit. the shells that are used to hide the pea.
|Conversations of a Chorus Girl 15: ‘Circus Joe,’ who worked the nuts on the edge of the crowd.|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 37: I'd like to have the privilege o' playin' the nuts in the middle of the main street of the town for just about a week, an’ I'd have all the dough I'd need for the rest o' me life.|
|Vocab. Criminal Sl.|
(US und.) the site of a shell game under shell n.
|Barkeep Stories 101: ‘W’y don’t you start a nut-joint?’ asked the pup.|
(US und.) the operator of a shell game under shell n.
|Barkeep Stories 59: ‘I was joined out wid a nut-spieler an’ we was hop-skotchin’ t’roo Texas’.|