Definition of con man in US English:

con man

noun

informal
  • A man who cheats or tricks someone by gaining their trust and persuading them to believe something that is not true.

    • ‘That doesn't mean that we shouldn't put the con man in jail.’
    • ‘A con man simply inspires confidence in himself and his promised abilities and then uses that to exploit his audience.’
    • ‘He told the Democrat his life has been made a misery ever since a con man tricked his way into his home and made away with a substantial cash sum last October.’
    • ‘Only unshakable, transparent honesty could save you from the temptation of the con man.’
    • ‘Given the film's widespread distribution, he suggests the con man works at a level of crime that intrigues the honest individual the world over.’
    • ‘From a con man's point of view, these two are brilliant.’
    • ‘Every other fellow I come in contact with is a con man.’
    • ‘Instead of being a two-bit con man, he became a bank robber, pulling off more than 25 robberies, sometimes two in one day.’
    • ‘He's a thief, hustler, scamster, con man, who enjoys ripping off friends, family, waiters, old ladies, etc.’
    • ‘The ‘priory’ was a well-attested hoax by a French con man in the 1950s.’
    • ‘He had been arrested by a small-town sheriff trying to distract attention from his own corruption and was convicted on the purchased testimony of a career con man.’
    • ‘Police allege the con man preyed on victims aged between 82 and 102 and used a number of guises to gain access to homes, including posing as an electrician.’
    • ‘A detective questions a con man about associates.’
    • ‘I couldn't be a con man in real life because it's a much more dangerous form of acting.’
    • ‘These are also historical truths, which only a con man (or a columnist hoping to camouflage the truth) would try to deny.’
    • ‘And it's no better to lose your hard-earned money to a credentialed huckster than to an out-and-out con man.’
    • ‘An eighty two year old lady had her pension and other belongings stolen by a con man, even though she tried to prevent the thief from entering her home.’
    • ‘There is a comparable parallel between me as an actor trying to convince the audience I know what I'm talking about and me as a con man convincing the mark I know what I'm talking about.’
    • ‘He represents, not so much a political or ideological trend, as a definite social type: the cynical con man or hustler.’
    • ‘Likewise, the secondary plot about the con man's murder wasn't very interesting until the end, but then it became both surprising and compelling.’
    impostor, fake, sham, pretender, hoodwinker, masquerader, charlatan, quack, mountebank
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Pronunciation

con man

/ˈkɑn mæn//ˈkän man/