Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.

confidence game

any swindle in which the swindler, after gaining the confidence of the victim, robs the victim by cheating at a gambling game, appropriating funds entrusted for investment, or the like.
Also called, British, confidence trick.
Origin of confidence game
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for confidence trick
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Any number of sharpers who tried the confidence trick, but tried it in vain.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • I been up to the confidence trick for years—ever since I was your age.

  • But the confidence trick has been too often played upon us to deceive us again.

    The Evolution of Sinn Fein Robert Mitchell Henry
  • Business now-a-days is run on the lines of the confidence trick.

    Three Plays by Granville-Barker Harley Granville-Barker
  • We would make it the emblem of artistic deception, and the confidence trick expert should wear it as his crest.

  • One more instance—but one coming within the class of the "confidence trick."

    The Royal Mail James Wilson Hyde
  • He was the first, so far as I recollect, to play the favourite Turkish confidence trick upon us.

  • E wos jest the sort o' chap that's took in with the confidence trick, and you read of 'em pritty orfen in the papers.

    The Betrayal of John Fordham B.L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • For instance, there is the confidence trick, in which the rustic is beguiled by the honest stranger into trusting him.

    The History of London Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for confidence trick

confidence trick

a swindle involving money, goods, etc, in which the victim's trust is won by the swindler Informal shortened forms con trick, (US and Canadian) con game
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with confidence trick

confidence game

Also,confidence trick;con game. A swindle in which the victim is defrauded after his or her trust has been won. For example, The police warned of a confidence game in which people were asked to turn over valuables for a so-called appraisal, or The typical confidence trick is easy to spot if you know what to look for, or I almost let myself be taken in by her con game—she seemed so sincere. These terms, which use confidence in the sense of “trust,” date from the mid-1800s. They also gave rise to confidence man (or con man) for the swindler.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for confidence trick

Word Value for confidence

Scrabble Words With Friends