Definition of confidence trick in English:

confidence trick

(North American confidence game)


  • An act of cheating or tricking someone by gaining their trust and persuading them to believe something that is not true.

    ‘they were the innocent victims of an elaborate confidence trick’
    • ‘In the face of the booms and busts of the capitalist economy, the confidence game of shrewd deception and cool risk taking was often what was required - and secretly admired.’
    • ‘It's a confidence game updated and used for political, or in this case, the artist's, purposes, which seem to lie partly in sowing confusion.’
    • ‘He asserted: ‘The whole arrangement is nothing less than a confidence trick perpetrated by the Government against people.’’
    • ‘I got half way through, and never finished it, so the confidence trick, coin magic and prison entries remain unfinished to this day.’
    • ‘In the absence of a supportive fundamental backdrop, a ‘strong dollar’ policy is in reality nothing but an elaborate confidence trick.’
    • ‘Not many people would stand here and be told that the system they have been born into is no more than a confidence trick.’
    • ‘The reason is simple, the facts will not support the confidence trick they have played on the public.’
    • ‘I strongly suspect that nobody would ever receive any goods in return for money sent in - thus making anybody who displayed the links party to a confidence trick.’
    • ‘The boy was then chased and subjected to a cruel confidence trick before being punched in the stomach.’
    • ‘Comedy is a confidence trick: we have to believe we are in the hands of someone who knows what he is doing.’
    • ‘But of course the American media couldn't see it this way without jeopardizing the confidence game it administers.’
    • ‘The ideological confidence trick by both the presidential candidates led to nothing but public confusion and thus a neck and neck fight.’
    • ‘This confidence trick, for that is what it is, has been condemned by the social teaching of the church.’
    • ‘The victim of the confidence game refuses to believe that he is being relieved of his money and dignity, but an ignominious fate awaits him every time.’
    • ‘Lip Service thus becomes a kind of a confidence trick, a bait-and-switch technique in which readers are not dupes but co-conspirators.’
    • ‘We would argue that this whole process of jawboning the markets is part of an elaborate confidence trick on the part of the Fed.’
    • ‘In fact, the struggle turns out to be not just a confidence game, but a con game, a cognitive distortion, a self-fulfilling prophecy, the best excuse in the world for not writing.’
    • ‘Everyone who is responsible for the security of computer systems should take care to ensure they are following legitimate advice, and not falling for this kind of confidence trick.’
    • ‘After a while it reads like a confidence trick, and leaves one uneasy.’
    • ‘He differs from most of them in believing that the police are to a large extent the victims of a confidence trick, rather than being in on the whole thing from the start.’
    sham, fraud, pretence, imposture, hoax, fake, misrepresentation, blind, wile, artifice, trojan horse
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