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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.
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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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Related Words for con man

crook, swindler, hustler, deceiver, fraud, mountebank, cheater, bunco, flimflammer, hoser, scammer, shark, sharpie, smoothie

British Dictionary definitions for con man

con man

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

confidence trickster

noun
  1. another name for con man
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