a confidence game or sleight-of-hand swindle whereby cash is extracted from the victim as collateral for a supposed share in a large sum of discovered money, dishonest profits, or gambling winnings, which in fact are nonexistent.
A swindle in which the confidence man tells the victim that he has found a large amount of money that he will share if the victim proffers money as a show of good faith (1937+ Underworld)
noun 1. . noun 1. a high-climbing vine, Vitis aestivalis, of the eastern U.S., having leaves that are dull above and rusty beneath, and bearing black, edible fruit.
noun 1. See under (def 1). [gil-uh-mot] /ˈgɪl əˌmɒt/ noun 1. a black or brown-speckled seabird of the genus Cepphus, of northern seas, having a sharply pointed black bill, red legs, and white wing patches, as C. grylle (black guillemot) of the North Atlantic and the similar C. columba (pigeon guillemot) of the North Pacific. […]
noun 1. . noun 1. the North American variety of the merlin
[pij-uh n-hahr-tid] /ˈpɪdʒ ənˈhɑr tɪd/ adjective 1. timid; meek. adjective 1. of a timid or fearful disposition