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confidence man

noun
1.
a person who swindles others by means of a confidence game; swindler.
Origin of confidence man
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
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  • "In matters of business I take no one's word," chuckled the confidence man.

    Helping Himself Horatio Alger
  • You must make an example, or you'll have every confidence man in town working you.

    Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper
  • To be referred to as a confidence man by a gentleman of Leary's professional eminence gave Archie a thrill.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • But he will be a confidence man of the most subtle character.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • The confidence man saw them pass through the iron gate into the lobby.

    Is the Devil a Myth? C. F. Wimberly
  • I can prove beyond any doubt whatever that this fellow is a confidence man and a swindler.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
  • He might easily have passed for a gambler, confidence man, or race-horse tout.

    The Yazoo Mystery Irving Craddock
  • I believe upon my soul you looked upon me as an adventurer—a confidence man.

    Cast Upon the Breakers Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for confidence man

confidence man

noun
1.
another name for con man
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