A set of gamblers in Ireland, who played away even the clothes on their backs.
“The karrows plafe awaie mantle and all to the bare skin, and then
trusse themselves in straw or leaves. They wait for passengers in the
highwaie, invite them to game upon the greene and aske no more but
companions to make them sport. For default of other stuffe they pawne
their glibs, the nailes of their fingers and toes, their dimissaries
which they leefe or redeeme at the courtesy of the winner.” —
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894