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Related to sucker: gloating, onboard, marking, misconception

there's a sucker born every minute

There is always someone willing or able to be swindled or deceived. The phrase is usually attributed to American showman P.T. Barnum. Any time I see a ridiculous product for sale, I remind myself that there's a sucker born every minute. The only reason he has a following is because there's a sucker born every minute. No rational person would think he knows what he's talking about!
See also: born, every, minute, sucker

play (one) for a sucker

To consider or treat one as stupid, naïve, or gullible and try to exploit it. I know you’ve been spending time with that woman again—don't play me for a sucker! I can't believe I let them play me for a sucker. I should have known the deal was too good to be true.
See also: play, sucker

sucker for someone or something

someone who is prejudiced in favor of someone or something; someone who is drawn to someone or something. I'm a sucker for a pretty face. Ted is a sucker for any dessert with whipped cream on it. I don't know why I volunteered for this job. I'm a sucker for punishment I guess.
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sucker list

Fig. a list of potential dupes; a list of people who might be taken in by deception. I'm sure on their sucker list. They are trying to get me to give a lecture and receive a free clock or something. Here's the sucker list. Call them all and try to get them interested.
See also: list, sucker

sucker someone into something

 and sucker someone in
Sl. to deceive someone into some sort of scam or confidence game; to play someone for a fool. Surely you don't think you can sucker me into doing something as stupid as that, do you? The con artist suckered in an unsuspecting tourist.
See also: sucker

never give a sucker an even break

Don't allow a person who's easily duped a fair chance, as in He's always trying to give out expired coupons for his store, firmly believing in never giving a sucker an even break . Probably a direct quotation, it has been attributed to showman P. T. Barnum (responsible for the oft-quoted "There's a sucker born every minute"); and comedian W. C. Fields (who popularized it in one of his films); and theater manager Edward Francis Albee, the most probable of the three. [Slang; early 1900s]
See also: break, even, give, never, sucker

sucker list

A list of names of likely prospects for making purchases or donations, as in Some charities raise money by selling their sucker lists to other organizations. This term uses sucker in the sense of "dupe," a usage that in turn alludes to the naiveté of a baby suckling at its mother's breast. [Colloquial; 1940s]
See also: list, sucker

sucker punch

An unexpected blow, as in They felt that suddenly raising the interest rate was a sucker punch to the administration. This expression comes from boxing, where it is used for a punch delivered unexpectedly; boxing great Jack Dempsey wrote, "The right lead [for a right-handed boxer] is called a sucker punch." [Slang; mid-1900s]
See also: punch, sucker

there's a sucker born every minute

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
People say there's a sucker born every minute to mean that someone has just done something stupid, especially that they have been tricked. This is an industry secure in the knowledge that there's a sucker born every minute.
See also: born, every, minute, sucker

sucker into

v.
To cause someone to do or believe something by deceptive or fraudulent means: The con artist tried to sucker me into revealing my credit card number.
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dick-sucker

1. n. a male who performs fellatio. (Rude and derogatory.) In the bar, this dick-sucker came up and wanted to know my sign.
2. n. a low and despicable male; a male who is despicable enough to perform fellatio. (Rude and derogatory.) You slimy dick-sucker. I’ll get you for this.

egg-sucker

n. a flatterer; a sycophant. The guy is a chronic egg-sucker. Ignore him.

sucker

1. and sucka n. a dupe; an easy mark. See if you can sell that sucker the Brooklyn Bridge.
2. tv. to trick or victimize someone. That crook suckered me. I should have known better.
3. n. an annoying person. (Also a rude term of address.) I am really sick of that sucker hanging around here.
4. n. a gadget; a thing. Now, you put this little sucker right into this slot.

sucker for someone or something

n. someone who is prejudiced in favor of someone or something. Ted is a sucker for any dessert with whipped cream on it.

sucker list

n. a list of potential dupes; a list of people who might be taken in by deception. I’m sure on their sucker list. They are trying to get me to go to a lecture and receive a free clock or something.
See also: list, sucker

sucker someone into something

and sucker someone in
tv. to deceive someone into some sort of scam or confidence game; to play someone for a fool. Surely you don’t think you can sucker me into doing something as stupid as that, do you? I’m too smart. You can’t sucker me in!

sucker someone in

verb
See also: someone, sucker
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