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noun phrase

An accomplice in a confidence game, esp one who makes the first contact with the victim; shill: became entangled with a bunco-steerer (1975+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • They'll think you an honorable man 'stead of a bunco-steerer.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • Truly, are not Mrs. Eddys followers the very easiest easy marks that any bunco-steerer ever went up against!

    The Religio-Medical Masquerade Frederick William Peabody
  • In the result the "bunco-steerer" had promised to keep his eyes and ears alert for news of any one resembling Goldenburg.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • The hold-up man—the card-sharp—the bunco-steerer—the get-rich-quick stock-broker fall "easy game" to the detective thus disguised.

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