confidence trick


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confidence trick

or

confidence game

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

confidence trick

- First a swindle in which the victim was persuaded to entrust money or valuables to the swindler.
See also related terms for swindle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.confidence trick - a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
sting operation - a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)
swindle, cheat, rig - the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme; "that book is a fraud"
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References in classic literature ?
For this fool of a young man thought that she and Helen and Tibby had been playing the confidence trick on him, and that if he gave his address they would break into his rooms some midnight or other and steal his walkingstick too.
You remember how he would trust strangers, and if they fooled him he would say, 'It's better to be fooled than to be suspicious'--that the confidence trick is the work of man, but the want-of-confidence-trick is the work of the devil.
DEAR Editor, The Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is guilty of a calculated chronological confidence trick.
With its practical physical working aspects it shows the DWP benefits points scoring legislation with Personal Independence Payment as a political confidence trick used by this government to manipulate disabled and deprived people using handsomely paid private, business consulting companies in an attempt to excuse the conduct of politicians hoping to remain on the gravy train.
Con, on the other hand, is slang for a confidence trick, and a con man is not someone you'd like to be victimized by.
THE TWO MAIN MONEY SCAMS DOING THE ROUNDS: VISHING/SMISHING/ COURIER FRAUD IGNORE the names, this is a confidence trick rebooted for the modern age.
For Britain, the European Union is the world's greatest ever confidence trick.
A lot of how this industry works is a confidence trick.
Its confidence trick requires readers who are either insecure enough or humble enough to assume that if they don't understand something (or have to read a paragraph four times) it's their fault.
So I was surprised to read about a confidence trick that goes back hundreds of years still being operated in rural Italy where religious belief runs deep.
It does seem to me, though, to have been somewhat of a confidence trick and one that ought to have been exposed as such.
LALLANA'S CONFIDENCE TRICK See Football Echo - Inside BRENDAN RODGERS has warned Mario Balotelli he needs to work harder to force his way into the Liverpool side.