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"trim the sucker"

Posted by Alan Titchmarsh on March 24, 2006

In Reply to: "Trim the sucker" posted by Rachel on March 24, 2006

: Anyone ever heard of the phrase "trim the sucker"? Here's the context: "We use it like a blackjack player uses a deck of cards to trim the suckers--just as elegantly."

Well known gardening phrase - not!

suckers=rubes=marks

to trim? to skim off, to fleece, to cut them down to size

you have simply stumbled upon a bad piece of metaphor.

L