Definition of shell game noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    shell game

    BrE BrE//ˈʃel ɡeɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃel ɡeɪm//
    (North American English)
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  1. 1 the shell game a game in which three cups are moved around, and players must guess which is the one with a small object underneath
  2. 2an act by an organization or a politician that tricks people in a clever way
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shell game