skin game


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skin game

1. slang A rigged or fraudulent gambling game. It turns out the "poker club" they'd been running was just a skin game to milk cash out of rich poker enthusiasts.
2. slang By extension, any swindle or con. He had this long-running skin game where he would convince rich, elderly widows to invest in insurance plans that actually paid into an offshore account he controlled. People are naturally suspicious of anything that challenges or contradicts their most strongly held beliefs, being quick to label such things as nothing more than skin games.
See also: game, skin

skin game

n. any swindle. (Underworld.) Spike was mixed up in a skin game for a while.
See also: game, skin
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Okay, I set him up in a skin game, that's a fast-money card game most white folks don't know nothing about.
Each player will have a self-portrait, their name, location, category, website link, social media links and video diary link on the Skin Games website
Each week until the #liveshow2017 the skin games, one of the players will be featured in a player spotlight.
Moore said: "It is one of those banana skin games, that I as the manager of a League One club does not want and one the TV people love.
an Atlanta-based mobile development agency, announced today the creation of Brown Skin Games, a new division dedicated to developing and distributing disruptive mobile apps targeting African-American and Hispanic mobile consumers.
In addition to producing culturally diverse apps, Brown Skin Games, which is staffed with a team of hipsters, hustlers and hackers, will also recruit and train minority mobile app developers.
We are staffing our new division with young people who share the same vision and direction as Brown Skin Games, especially interns with an interest in graphics, technology and social media," Abdul-Malik continued.
Brown Skin Games is also seeking partnerships with key influencers having significant "social worth.
It's one of these banana skin games where we are expected to win and if we lose it will go down as a shock.