Definition of coney-catching in US English:

coney-catching

noun

historical, archaic
  • Swindling, cheating; trickery, deception.

adjective

historical, archaic
  • That swindles, cheats, tricks, or deceives.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Greene (bap. 1558, d. 1592), writer and playwright. From coney + catching<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in Remembrancia. Either (i) from coney + catching, after coney-catcher, coney-catching.

Pronunciation

coney-catching

/ˈkəʊniˌkatʃɪŋ/