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A swindler, especially at cards.
quack, mountebank, sham, fraud, fake, humbug, impostor, pretender, masquerader, hoodwinker, hoaxer, cheat, deceiver, dissembler, double-dealer, double-crosser, trickster, confidence trickster, cheater, swindler, fraudster, racketeerView synonyms
- ‘You see, I knew something of his ways, and I was aware of that part of the mechanism which he and all such sharpers use consists of an elastic down the arm with a clip just above the wrist.’
- ‘He publicly aired his opposition to the plan, saying it would turn the road over to sharpers.’
- ‘For the gamblers, sharpers, and confidence men who exploited the wilder side of Gilded Age America, that critique required a fair amount of self-denial (especially coming from Barnum, himself a master of the con).’
- ‘The Woodleys, on the other hand, are being deliberately led to their ruin by a pair of sharpers, who place Lady Mary in moral as well as financial danger.’
- ‘He called his throw ‘the old Army Blanket Roll ‘and it was widely used by sharpers among the Servicemen in World War II and, afterwards, on the back streets and in the illegal casinos in New York City and elsewhere.’
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