One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A confidence trickster.
- ‘According to the Abbey's staff review, you can "meet the thieves, breakers, magsmen, dope users, prostitutes and murderers who comprised Sydneys shadowy underworld."’
- ‘You're cracksmen, magsmen, mobsmen, the two of you; so you may as well both own up to it.’
- ‘Another common name for this type of swindler or confidence trickster was magsman, originally the name for a man who ran a pitch-and-toss game, which was itself sometimes called magflying from the mags, halfpennies, which were used in it.’
- 1.1 A person who likes telling stories; a raconteur.
Early 19th century: from English dialect mag ‘prattle’ + man.
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