the game of prick-the-garter, a form of swindling game, in which one pricks a folded belt with a needle; the bettor attempts to pierce the place where the belt is folded.
|Discoveries (1774) 7: We defrauded an old Farmer of fifteen Guineas, at the old Nobb, called Pricking the Belt.|
|Whole Art of Thieving 7: To shew how People are defrauded in Fairs and Markets, different ways, as follows: [...] Third, is the deceiving art, called the Old Nobb, that is, pricking in the belt.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open 117: Nob, old, a favourite game used by sharpers, called pricking in the hat.|
(UK Und.) a specialist in prick-the-garter, usu. working at fairs, races and similar open-air events.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 254: nob-pitchers a general term for those sharpers who attend at fairs, races, &c., to take in the flats at prick in the garter, cups and balls, and other similar artifices.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1812].|