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"trim the sucker"

Posted by RRC on March 24, 2006

In Reply to: "Trim the sucker" posted by Smokey Stover 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

: Thank God for context. So fleecing the mark is intended, apparently. But it IS a well-known gardening phrase as well. SS

Not too mention barbershops! Beard too long? Trim the sucker! (^_^)