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confidence man

a person who swindles others by means of a confidence game; swindler.
Origin of confidence man
1840-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Since those earlier days he had been train-gambler, confidence-man, and sneak-thief.

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • It was, he thought, odd that a confidence-man should carry a suit-case, but that might be only an attempt to avert suspicion.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He didn't look the least bit in the world like a confidence-man to-night and the two boys marvelled at their earlier suspicions.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The confidence-man—for Tom had fully decided that such he was—seemed disappointed.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • But your confidence-man, your cardsharper, should any perchance happen to fall in his hands, uses them to suit his own game.

British Dictionary definitions for confidence-man

confidence man

another name for con man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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