Posted by Bob on March 25, 2006
In Reply to: "Trim the sucker" posted by RRC 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! (^_^)
Which reminds us of the old poker adage: look around the table. If you can't spot the sucker, you're the sucker.