confidence trick

confidence game

noun
any swindle in which the swindler, after gaining the confidence of the victim, robs the victim by cheating at a gambling game, appropriating funds entrusted for investment, or the like.
Also called, British, confidence trick.


Origin:
1855–60, Americanism

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confidence trick or (US and Canadian) confidence game
 
n
con trick, Informal shortened forms: con game a swindle involving money, goods, etc, in which the victim's trust is won by the swindler
 
confidence game or (US and Canadian) confidence game
 
n

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confidence trick

any elaborate swindling operation in which advantage is taken of the confidence the victim reposes in the swindler. Some countries have created a statutory offense of this name, though the elements of the crime have never been clearly defined by legislation, and the scope of proscribed behaviour remains subject to varying interpretations among jurisdictions.

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