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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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  • Her skin was smooth as a confidence man and clear as boarding-house soup.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • The confidence man saw them pass through the iron gate into the lobby.

    Is the Devil a Myth? C. F. Wimberly
  • He might easily have passed for a gambler, confidence man, or race-horse tout.

    The Yazoo Mystery Irving Craddock
  • You must make an example, or you'll have every confidence man in town working you.

    Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper
  • But he will be a confidence man of the most subtle character.

    Analyzing Character

    Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • "In matters of business I take no one's word," chuckled the confidence man.

    Helping Himself Horatio Alger
  • This Mr. Waterbury may be a very good man, but, on the other hand, he may be a confidence man.

    The Young Adventurer Horatio Alger
  • I can prove beyond any doubt whatever that this fellow is a confidence man and a swindler.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for confidence man

confidence man

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