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shell game

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shell game
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pluralshell games
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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