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They all mean a con artist, an apt description of Alma's conniving, greedy father. Cheat: One who cheats; a swindler. Broad-tosser: The card dealer in the Three Card Monte con. [...] The con artist uses three cards, usually two black spot cards and a red Queen. [...] Monte hustlers usually work as a team, with a lookout and a third member who acts ...


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The Corpus of Historical American English doesn't contain this phrase anywhere in its collection, so it may be a David Milch neologism. However, one thing that may help is to look at how it appears in other languages; for example, in the French DVD the subtitles say "Mes hommes ramasseront les gains," which translates roughly as "my men will collect the ...



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