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confidence man

[kon-fi-duh ns man]
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noun
  1. a person who swindles others by means of a confidence game; swindler.
Also Informal, con man, con·man [kon-man] /ˈkɒnˌmæn/.

Origin of confidence man

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for confidence man

Historical Examples

  • Since those earlier days he had been train-gambler, confidence-man, and sneak-thief.

    Geoffrey Hampstead

    Thomas Stinson Jarvis

  • It was, he thought, odd that a confidence-man should carry a suit-case, but that might be only an attempt to avert suspicion.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • He didn't look the least bit in the world like a confidence-man to-night and the two boys marvelled at their earlier suspicions.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • The confidence-man—for Tom had fully decided that such he was—seemed disappointed.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • But your confidence-man, your cardsharper, should any perchance happen to fall in his hands, uses them to suit his own game.


British Dictionary definitions for confidence man

confidence man

confidence trickster

noun
  1. another name for con man
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