Plucked Pigeon

(A). One fleeced out of his money; one plucked by a rook or sharper.

“There were no smart fellows whom fortune had troubled, ... no plucked pigeons or winged rooks, no disappointed speculators, no ruined miners.” —Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak, c. xi.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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