to have money, influence, ability, etc., though actually
lacking in these; cheap and showy
a tinhorn person, esp. a gambler
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Word origin of 'tinhorn'< phr. tin horn gambler: so named from use of metal dice-shaker in chuck-a-luck games, scorned as petty by