(To). To cheat, to gull one of his money by almost self-evident
hoaxes. Pigeons are very easily gulled, caught by snares, or scared by
malkins. One easily gulled is called a pigeon. The French pigeon means a dupe.
“Je me deffleroy tantost que tu serois un de ceux qui ne se laissent
si facilement pigeonner a tellesgens” —Les Dialogues de Jacques
Flying the pigeons.
Stealing coals from a cart or sack between the coal-dealer's yard
and the house of the customer.
Flying the blue pigeon.
Stealing the lead from off the roofs of churches or buildings of
any kind. To pigeon a person is to cheat him clandestinely. A gullible
person is called a pigeon, and in the sporting world sharps and flats
are called “rooks and pigeons.” The brigands of Spain used to be called palomos
(pigeons); and in French argot a dupe is called pechon,
or peschon de ruby;
(a pigeon), and de ruby
is a pun on dérobé
To pluck a pigeon.
To cheat a gullible person of his money. To fleece a green-horn. (See
“ `Here comes a nice pigeon to pluck,' said one of the thieves.” —C. Reade.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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