Definition of confidence man in English:

confidence man


  • old-fashioned term for con man
    • ‘They are all a bunch of charlatans and confidence men.’
    • ‘But you have to wonder whether confidence men and charlatans don't have some beef with this man for diminishing their reputation.’
    • ‘The problems go deeper than that: not that I underestimate my abilities as a confidence man, but pulling the wool over her eyes is like dancing with a hungry jaguar.’
    • ‘The confidence man's utter self-assurance can sometimes become a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘In particular, she calls attention to the two men's differing aptitudes for recognizing a confidence man.’
    • ‘The confidence man is a stock figure in American culture, originating - perhaps not coincidentally - in the boomtowns of the Old Southwest.’
    • ‘I am curious to see if there are any limits to how far a confidence man can go before the neo-Confederate rank and file realizes it is being played for a collective fool.’
    • ‘By the antebellum period, the American icons of the self-made man and the confidence man were locked in fatal embrace.’
    • ‘In the country that created the confidence man as a cultural hero and celebrated the slogan ‘Winning is the only thing’ as moral wisdom, fair play is a problematic ideal.’
    • ‘Like any confidence man, the coercer can only exploit a weakness that we refuse to confront directly, ourselves.’
    • ‘The confidence men I was reading about, most of whom operated a hundred years ago on the other side of the Atlantic, would throw themselves under a bus rather than con some poor old lady out of her life savings.’
    • ‘He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people's vanity, ignorance, or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.’
    • ‘Almost no marriages in the two data sets, however, represent the actions of a confidence man or woman who maintained several households simultaneously.’
    • ‘Moreover, like the confidence man he deplores, he promises more than he delivers.’
    • ‘In reality, he may have been one of its greatest confidence men.’
    • ‘A child molester and an accused confidence man were similarly beaten and banished.’
    • ‘The world is filled with confidence men, but few of them operate on a world stage.’
    • ‘They lived by their own wits as confidence men and tricksters.’
    • ‘The modern philosopher claims, like a sort of confidence man, that if once we will grant him this, the rest will be easy; he will straighten out the world, if once he is allowed to give this one twist to the mind.’
    • ‘As a result she has lost her ability to tell a confidence man from an upstanding citizen, and with it, her ability to protect her daughter's high social status and the wealth that attends it.’


confidence man

/ˈkänfəd(ə)ns man/