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confidence man

A man who swindles his victims by using a confidence game.

confidence man


confidence trickster

another name for con man

con′fidence man`

a person who swindles others by means of a confidence game; swindler.
[1840–50, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.confidence man - a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victimconfidence man - a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim
chiseler, chiseller, defrauder, grifter, scammer, swindler, gouger - a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
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Diners, heimgangers, shop-girls, confidence men, panhandlers, actors, highwaymen, millionaires and outlanders hurried, skipped, strolled, sneaked, swaggered and scurried by me; but I took no note of them.
Matt Seybold's "Tom Sawyer Impersonates 'The Original Confidence Man'" researches literary and actual nineteenth-century confidence men and their place among American characters.
Fall/Holiday features exclusive interviews with the reclusive Frank Serpico who discusses his journey from the time he confronted corruption in New York City's Police Department through today; Frank Abagnale, one of the world's most proficient confidence men, imposters and check forgers - now working with the FBI and subject of the movie 'Catch Me If You Can;' and Kentucky Wildcats Coach, John Calipari, who spoke to sports analyst Bill Raftery in 'The Enthusiast' regarding the men's basketball program and the National Championship.
Bankers and confidence men not only thrived in this system; they shared the same values.
King's 2004 feature "One of the Oldest Con Games" stars Fionnula Flanagan ("Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood") as a widow who turns the tables on a pair of confidence men.
We are accustomed to spirited intellectual debate and critique, but not to the kind of misinformation in Eric Hanushek's article ("The Confidence Men," check the facts, Summer 2007).
Let me set Melville's masquerade aside now, however, in order to take up both Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg, 1772-1801) and Derrida, whom some regard as confidence men, others as cosmopolitans, still others--myself included--as apothecaries.
Receivers of stolen goods, "cyprians" or prostitutes, confidence men, pickpockets, and beggars populate these pages, and we learn a great deal about prisons and prison-ships, lunatic asylums, gambling halls, gin palaces, workhouses, public executions, and wooden legs.
CONFIDENCE is the tale of confidence men trying to fleece a big time crook with a major scam.
As one of the world's most notorious confidence men, he cashed an estimated $2.