confidence trick

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confidence trick

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confidence game

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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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confidence trick

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References in classic literature ?
"It was a confidence game. We played it on a julery-shop in St.
Chapter four cites persistence of confidence games in which personal appeal substitutes for legal contract and the continued importance of inside information in the cultural imagination of Wall Street as evidence that the new exchange economy fused with a gift or status economy rather than replacing it.
Intellectually, both follow in the wake of Taylor's major works from the last decade, Confidence Games: Money and Markets in a World Without Redemption (2004) and After God (2007), which represent the culmination of Taylor's career-long project: undoing the opposition between art and science that fractures modern thought.
Embezzlement, confidence games, forgery, check fraud, etc., are excluded.
Scholars of early-modern English literature will also appreciate her engagement with Mary Poovey's 2008 Genres of the Credit Economy and Mark Taylor's 2004 Confidence Games. In terms of its organization, the book spans from Columbus's first expedition to the Baroque writers of the seventeenth century.