[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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Related Words for con-mancrook, swindler, hustler, deceiver, fraud, mountebank, cheater, bunco, flimflammer, hoser, scammer, shark, sharpie, smoothie
Examples from the Web for con-man
Contemporary Examples of con-man
The Duke of Deception By Geoffrey Wolff In his portrait of a con-man father, Wolff writes a memoir of perfect integrity.Book Bag: Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd on The Art of Nonfiction
Tracy Kidder, Richard Todd
January 22, 2013
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