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shell game

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shell game
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Learner's definition of SHELL GAME  
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: a dishonest betting game in which someone hides a ball under one of three cups or shells, moves the cups or shells around quickly, and asks an observer to guess which one the ball is under — often used figuratively to describe dishonest actions that are done to trick people
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