Definition of confidence trick in English:

confidence trick

(North American confidence game)

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This confidence trick, for that is what it is, has been condemned by the social teaching of the church.’
    • ‘The ideological confidence trick by both the presidential candidates led to nothing but public confusion and thus a neck and neck fight.’
    • ‘Comedy is a confidence trick: we have to believe we are in the hands of someone who knows what he is doing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the absence of a supportive fundamental backdrop, a ‘strong dollar’ policy is in reality nothing but an elaborate confidence trick.’
    • ‘Lip Service thus becomes a kind of a confidence trick, a bait-and-switch technique in which readers are not dupes but co-conspirators.’
    • ‘But of course the American media couldn't see it this way without jeopardizing the confidence game it administers.’
    • ‘The reason is simple, the facts will not support the confidence trick they have played on the public.’
    • ‘Not many people would stand here and be told that the system they have been born into is no more than a confidence trick.’
    • ‘We would argue that this whole process of jawboning the markets is part of an elaborate confidence trick on the part of the Fed.’
    • ‘After a while it reads like a confidence trick, and leaves one uneasy.’
    • ‘The boy was then chased and subjected to a cruel confidence trick before being punched in the stomach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    sham, fraud, pretence, imposture, hoax, fake, misrepresentation, blind, wile, artifice, trojan horse
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confidence trick