Sharper vs Scarper - What's the difference?

sharper | scarper |


As an adjective sharper

is (sharp).

As a noun sharper

is (dated) a swindler; a cheat; a professional gambler who makes his living by cheating.

As a verb scarper is

(british|slang) to run away; to flee; to escape.

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sharper

English

Adjective

(head)
  • (sharp)
  • Noun

    (wikipedia sharper) (en noun)
  • (dated) a swindler; a cheat; a professional gambler who makes his living by cheating.
  • Synonyms

    * chiseler * spiv

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    scarper

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (British, slang) To run away; to flee; to escape.
  • * 1904 , John Coleman, Fifty years of an actors? life , Volume 1, page 54,
  • Out went the lights, as he continued, "That sneak Whiskers have just blown the gaff to old Slow-Coach, and he'll be here in two two's to give you beans — so scarper', laddies — ' scarper ! "
  • * 2001 , Ardal O'Hanlon, Knick Knack Paddy Whack , page 7,
  • The tramps scarpered', the street-traders pushing prams '''scarpered''', half of Dublin ' scarpered as if they all had something to hide.
  • * 2007 , , [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,,2132043,00.html]
  • Helm writes: 'As if she were some street criminal, ready to scarper , Ruth's home was swooped upon by [Assistant Commissioner John] Yates's men and she was forced to dress in the presence of a female police officer.

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