Part of speech: noun

A professional swindler or gambler; sharper.

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Usage examples "blackleg":

  1. Some swindler, or Italian refugee, or blackleg, I'll be bound- taken her in, made her think him an angel, and will persuade her to run away with him. - "Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories", Ouida.
  2. One heifer, she die- blackleg. - "The Ranch at the Wolverine", B. M. Bower.
  3. I had, of course, gotten myself up for the occasion, and I looked like a cross between a last year's fashionplate and a Bowery blackleg. - "Out of a Labyrinth", Lawrence L. Lynch.