F is for Fawney-rig

Fawney-rig: trick, game of dropping a ring. A common fraud thus practised:—a fellow drops a brass ring, double gilt, which he picks up before the party meant to be cheated, and to whom he disposes of it for less than its supposed, and ten times more than its real, value. / Phony   An engagement … Continue reading F is for Fawney-rig