flimflam artist

flimflam artist

n. someone who practices confidence tricks or deceptions on someone else. I don’t trust that flimflam artist at all.
See also: artist, flimflam

flimflam artist

A swindler. Flimflam artist indulged in confidence games in which the victim is persuaded to buy worthless property. These crooks go after bigger game than street hustlers, card sharps, or bait and switchers do because of the time and preparation that their scams require. “Flimflam” has been traced back to a Scandinavian word, although folk etymology has come up with a connection to an early 20th-century New York City law firm of dubious reputation, Flam & Flam.
See also: artist, flimflam
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The losing pitcher was Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox flighty righty who has turned into a flimflam artist, the master of bait and switch marketing.
Witness the high-wealth individuals and funds who lost their money with the flimflam artist Bernard Madoff.
People called me a fraud, a huckster, and a flimflam artist.
Whether the play, co-written by Gallo and director Juanin Clay, persuades us that Capone was no better or worse than any other flimflam artist of the Depression era is another, and in this case less interesting, question.
Nothing if you are a web savvy flimflam artist, counterfeiter or identity thief.
The thought has crossed the mind of anyone who who has ever been jolted from sublime nap-time slumber by pesky initiative petitioners, fast-talking flimflam artists, earnest proselytizers or crumb crunchers selling coupon books: Is there a legal way to keep these folks from my doorbell - or at the least, limit their numbers?