Winged Rooks

Outwitted sharpers. A rook is a sharper, and a rookery the place of resort for sharpers. A rook is the opposite of a pigeon; a rook cheats, a pigeon is the one cheated.

“This light, young, gay in appearance, the thoughtless youth of wit and pleasure - the pigeon rather than the rook - but the heart the same sly, shrewd, cold-blooded calculator.” — Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak, chap. xxviii.

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