confidence man

[ kon-fi-duh ns man ]
/ ˈkɒn fɪ dəns ˌmæn /

noun

a person who swindles others by means of a confidence game; swindler.

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Also Informal, con man, con·man [kon-man] /ˈkɒnˌmæn/.

Origin of confidence man

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for con man (1 of 2)

con man

noun

informal a person who swindles another by means of a confidence trickMore formal term: confidence man

British Dictionary definitions for con man (2 of 2)

confidence man

confidence trickster


noun

another name for con man
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