[kon-fi-duh ns man]
- 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
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.
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.
The confidence-man—for Tom had fully decided that such he was—seemed disappointed.
But your confidence-man, your cardsharper, should any perchance happen to fall in his hands, uses them to suit his own game.
- another name for con man
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