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easy mark

One who is or will be easy to swindle, con, persuade, or exploit. Refers to the slang meaning of "mark," the intended victim of a swindler or con artist. We should see if Larry will give us the 20 dollars; he's usually an easy mark.
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easy mark

n. a likely victim. Mary is an easy mark because she is so unsuspecting.
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Not only will you save money and avoid grief, but also you won't look like an easy mark to other slow-pay buyers in the market place.
The plumber probably thought he had found an easy mark.
Want to avoid looking like a stereotypical tourist and an easy mark for pickpockets?
But Churchill himself was also culpable in this regard: he showed no real concern for the unfortunate millions who were handed across to one of the most brutal dictators of the last century, and understandably Stalin himself regarded him as naive and as an easy mark.
But the same open ground that saved him 500 or 1,000 years ago makes him an easy mark for a high-speed bullet.
An unerring sense of the false or the superficial make them no easy mark for a leader whose sense of loyalty didn't match theirs.
Those that thought the imports would be an easy mark hadn't noticed that international parent breweries (Heineken, Guinness, Beck's, etc.
But, the Russian people are new to capitalism and proved to be an easy mark.
Dershowitz is an easy mark given his affection for publicity.
A blurb from Columbia University's Patricia Williams, hailing MacKinnon as "one of the most visible and effective advocates behind this nation's attention to crimes against women," laments that "because her brilliant writing is largely unread, she has become an ideological easy mark.
Is there a reaction to such arguably legitimate complaints/gripes which does not give the professor the reputation as an easy mark, but does allow him/her to sensibly incorporate into his grading information the fact that the student had a complaint worth considering?
Throughout the tropics, "protected" reserves set aside for indigenous peoples have always been an easy mark for incursion by loggers and squatters.
Anything you do to change the appearance of your home so it doesn't look like an easy mark will help keep intruders away Look at your garden through the eyes of a burglar to determine your vulnerable spots," says Portland crime-prevention specialist Teri Poppino.
ID Watchdog and STOPzilla are a perfect fit, as we share the common goal of protecting consumers from scammers and criminals looking for an easy mark," said Rick Trefzger, COO of iS3.