Definition of con man in English:

con man


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

    • ‘Only unshakable, transparent honesty could save you from the temptation of the con man.’
    • ‘A detective questions a con man about associates.’
    • ‘He's a thief, hustler, scamster, con man, who enjoys ripping off friends, family, waiters, old ladies, etc.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I couldn't be a con man in real life because it's a much more dangerous form of acting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From a con man's point of view, these two are brilliant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean that we shouldn't put the con man in jail.’
    • ‘These are also historical truths, which only a con man (or a columnist hoping to camouflage the truth) would try to deny.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A con man simply inspires confidence in himself and his promised abilities and then uses that to exploit his audience.’
    • ‘And it's no better to lose your hard-earned money to a credentialed huckster than to an out-and-out 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ‘priory’ was a well-attested hoax by a French con man in the 1950s.’
    • ‘He represents, not so much a political or ideological trend, as a definite social type: the cynical con man or hustler.’
    impostor, fake, sham, pretender, hoodwinker, masquerader, charlatan, quack, mountebank
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con man

/ˈkän man/