2018-09-06 / Editorial

Phrase of the week

Card-sharp: An American phrase dating to 1859 (pre-dating cardshark by 34 years), it denotes someone skillful at playing or manipulating cards, or one who makes a living by cheating at cards. It likely derives from “sharping” (swindling or cheating — circa 1692) and the term for deceitfulness has been adopted into other phrases, such as “sharp practice.” Tricksters were called ‘sharps’ well before the 19th century.

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