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confidence game

Also, confidence trick; con game. A swindle in which the victim is defrauded after his or her trust has been won. For example, The police warned of a confidence game in which people were asked to turn over valuables for a so-called appraisal , or The typical confidence trick is easy to spot if you know what to look for, or I almost let myself be taken in by her con game-she seemed so sincere. These terms, which use confidence in the sense of "trust," date from the mid-1800s. They also gave rise to confidence man (or con man) for the swindler.
See also: confidence, game
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In The Spanish Prisoner (as well as in Open Your Eyes, The Sixth Sense and Run, Lola, Run), it is difficult to determine the point at which the confidence game begins, the point after which, retrospectively, we will have to assume that everything was part of a plan.
These criminals ply their trades, primarily prostitution and confidence games, on unsuspecting victims.
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The goalkeeper continues to gain in stature as he builds up confidence game by game.
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Roosevelt understood that it was a confidence game.
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If we had won by three or four there would`t have been any complaint, we were by far superior for most of the game and why the referee disallowed Swans goal I'll never know and we are growing in confidence game by game.
But football is a confidence game and sometimes the expectation can inhibit you.
It was Mary who felt defrauded in a confidence game carried out by Ign atius, who put land in her name without her permission to relieve his debt, and by Katherine, who had masked her true purpose and facilitated the scheme.
This unfamiliarity and heightened expectation, matched with the trappings of competence, gave potency to what has turned out to be the Bush administration's signature political tactic, the confidence game.
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