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confidence man

[kon-fi-duh ns man] /ˈkɒn fɪ dəns ˌmæn/
a person who swindles others by means of a confidence game; swindler.
Also, Informal, con man, conman [kon-man] /ˈkɒnˌmæn/ (Show IPA).
Origin of confidence man
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for con man
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  • I guess I can tell a gentleman from a con man or a flimflammer when I meet him.

  • Got the quickest brain of any con man in the business—and him only about twenty-seven now.

  • Mister Public is further deceived in believing that the 'con man' who has a pitch nearby is connected with the enterprise.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • By close cooperation with local authorities, the con man and shilaber is moved out before he starts.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • The professional craftiness of the "con man" stands him in good stead in the prison.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
British Dictionary definitions for con man

con man

(informal) a person who swindles another by means of a confidence trick More formal term confidence man

confidence man

another name for con man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for con man

con man

noun phrase

  1. A confidence man (1889+)
  2. One adept at persuasion, esp at dishonest or self-serving persuasion (1900s+)
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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