RINGING THE CHANGE
crim. law. A trick practised by a criminal,
by which, on receiving a good piece of money in payment of an article, he
pretends it is not good, and, changing it, returns to the buyer a counterfeit
one, as in the following case: The prosecutor having bargained with the
prisoner, who was selling fruit about the streets, to have five apricot s for
sixpence, gave him a good shilling to change. The prisoner put the shilling
into his mouth, as if to bite it in order to try its goodness, and returning a
shilling to the prosecutor, told him it was a bad one. The prosecutor gave him
another good shilling which he also affected to bite, and then returned another
shilling, saying it was a bad one. The prosecutor gave him another good
shilling with which he practised this trick a third time the shillings returned
by him being in every respect, bad. 2 Leach, 64.
2. This was held to be an uttering of false money. 1 Russ. on Cr.
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