1. [mid-18C+] playing cards.
2. [late 19C+] the three-card trick; also attrib. in sing.
[early 19C] a card-sharp.
[late 19C–1900s] (UK Und.) a card-player, usu. a cheat.
1. [mid-19C] card-playing, esp. with a tinge of illegality/cheating.
2. [late 19C] the three-card trick.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a peddler of lists of racing tips (known as ‘correct cards’) at horseraces.
[late 19C+] a gang of card-sharpers.
[mid–late 19C] (UK Und.) a street criminal who works the three-card trick.
[mid-19C] (US Und.) the ‘three-card trick’.
1. [early–mid-19C] an expert card-player.
2. [late 19C+] a card-sharp.
[mid-19C] a skilful and/or cheating card player.
[mid-19C+] a card-sharp.
[1910s] (US Und.) the conductor of a three-card monte n. game.
[1920s+] (Aus./US) a card-sharp; a three-card monte n. dealer.
(UK Und.) a card-sharp.
[19C] to cheat at cards, to perform the three-card trick.
1. [1900s] (Aus. Und.) a marked card used in the ‘three-card trick’.
2. [1910s+] (Aus. Und.) a horse whose form has been kept hidden in order to increase the odds in a race, or a horse whose odds are shorter than its known form would justify.
[mid-19C+] to play cards, esp. to cheat or to play a swindling game such as find the lady; one fans out the cards across the table for the punters to make their choice.