Posted by Smokey Stover on March 24, 2006
In Reply to: "Trim the sucker" posted by Alan Titchmarsh 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!
: to trim? to skim off, to fleece, to cut them down to size
: you have simply stumbled upon a bad piece of metaphor.
Thank God for context. So fleecing the mark is intended, apparently. But it IS a well-known gardening phrase as well. SS