sucker list

sucker list

noun Informal.
a list of names and addresses of persons considered by a business, charity organization, etc., to be likely purchasers or donors.

Origin:
1945–50, Americanism

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sucker list definition


  1. n.
    a list of potential dupes; a list of people who might be taken in by deception. : I'm sure on their sucker list. They are trying to get me to go to a lecture and receive a free clock or something.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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sucker list

A list of names of likely prospects for making purchases or donations, as in Some charities raise money by selling their sucker lists to other organizations. This term uses sucker in the sense of "dupe," a usage that in turn alludes to the naiveté of a baby suckling at its mother's breast. [Colloquial; 1940s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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