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con artist

1. A person who exploits the vulnerability of others for their own sake by manipulating and taking advantage of their confidence (the act of which is known as a confidence trick or game). It is the common abbreviation of the full term, "confidence artist." Be wary of con artists who send emails claiming to be a bank or some other trustworthy establishment: they often ask for your personal bank details to have access to your finances.
2. By extension, a person who is skilled at duplicity, cajolery, or self-serving manipulation or persuasion. John is such a con artist, always convincing others to pay for him on nights out under the pretense that he'll "pay them back later."
See also: artist, con

con man

1. A man who exploits the vulnerability of others for his own sake by manipulating and taking advantage of their confidence (the act of which is known as a confidence trick or game). It is the common abbreviation of the full term, "confidence man." Be wary of con men who send emails claiming to be a bank or some other trustworthy establishment: they often ask for your personal bank details so as to have access to your finances.
2. By extension, a man who is skilled at duplicity, cajolery, or self-serving manipulation or persuasion. John is such a con man, always convincing others to pay for him on nights out under the pretense that he'll "pay them back later."
See also: con, man

fast buck

1. noun Money made quickly and/or without effort, often through dishonest, unscrupulous, or ethically dubious means. Often used in the phrase "make/earn a fast buck." The people hawking T-shirts commemorating the tragedy are just looking to make a fast buck.
2. modifier (hyphenated and always before a noun) Concerned with making money quickly, easily, and (often) unscrupulously. Often used to modify the word "artist," thus implying the individual is a swindler to some degree. All of these Wall Street investors are just a bunch of fast-buck artists, if you ask me. Before the economic crash, a huge amount of fast-buck speculators were selling over-inflated loans to people for property that was essentially worthless.
See also: buck, fast

piss-artist

1. rude slang One who falsely claims to have knowledge about a topic. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. That message board is filled with nothing but piss-artists who think they know everything.
2. rude slang One who is often drunk. I advised Jenny not to date that piss-artist because he drinks his money away at the bar every night.

be a (something) to (one's) fingertips

To be a particular thing to the utmost degree. Oh, I'm a student to my fingertips—that's why I'm now pursuing a doctorate.
See also: fingertip

born to (be or do something)

Possessing an innate talent or ability in a particular area. When that young girl walked into the audition and flawlessly belted out a Whitney Houston song without the slightest hesitation, I knew she was born to be a singer. You were born to be an artist, so I don't know why you're wasting your time working on Wall Street.
See also: born

(rip-)off artist

Inf. a con artist. Fred is such an off artist. Beware of the rip-off artist who runs that shop.
See also: artist, off

take-off artist

Sl a thief. (Underworld.) A take-off artist known as the Cat is cleaning out closets and jewelry boxes all over town. He's not a sales agent. He's a takeoff artist, pure and simple.
See also: artist

bullshit artist

Also, bull artist. A person who habitually exaggerates, flatters, or talks nonsense. For example, Don't believe a word of it-he's a bullshit artist. Both versions are considered vulgar slang. The first dates from the 1940s, the second from the World War I period.
See also: artist, bullshit

fast buck

Money made quickly and easily and, often, dishonestly. For example, He's all right, but his partner is just out for a fast buck. This expression gave rise to fast-buck artist for an individual, especially a swindler, intent on making money quickly. [Slang; mid-1900s] Also see easy money.
See also: buck, fast

artist

n. a combining form meaning specialist. For specific meanings go to booze artist; bullshit artist; burn artist; castor oil artist; con artist; flimflam artist; hype artist; make-out artist; off artist; (rip-)off artist; take-off artist.

booze artist

n. a drunken person; a drunkard. A wobbly booze artist sat musing on the stool in the corner.
See also: artist, booze

bullshit artist

and bullshitter
n. a person expert at lies, deception, and hype. (see also bullshit. Usually objectionable.) What can you expect from a bullshit artist? The truth? Listen to me. Don’t ever try to bullshit a bullshitter!
See also: artist, bullshit

burn artist

n. someone who cheats or harms someone else; an informer. (Underworld.) Never trust a known burn artist.
See also: artist, burn

castor oil artist

n. a medical doctor. This two-bit castor oil artist tried to get me to lose weight.
See also: artist, oil

con man

and con artist
n. someone who makes a living by swindling people. Gary is a con artist, but at least he’s not on the dole. I was taken by a real con man!
See also: con, man

con artist

verb
See also: artist, con

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

hype artist

n. someone who produces aggressive promotional material for a living. She is a hype artist for a public relations firm.
See also: artist, hype

make-out artist

n. a seducer; a lecher, usually a male. (see also lady-killer.) He might have been a make-out artist in his youth, but I doubt it.
See also: artist

fast buck

verb
See also: buck, fast

(rip-)off artist

n. a con artist. Beware of the rip-off artist who runs that shop.
See also: artist

off artist

verb
See also: artist, off

take-off artist

n. a thief. (Underworld.) A take-off artist known as the Cat is cleaning out closets and jewelry boxes all over town.
See also: artist

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
References in classic literature ?
Upon the other hand, whenever a community or a powerful section of a community, or a government of any kind, attempts to dictate to the artist what he is to do, Art either entirely vanishes, or becomes stereotyped, or degenerates into a low and ignoble form of craft.
The popular standard is of such a character that no artist can get to it.
On the whole, an artist in England gains something by being attacked.
An unhealthy work of art, on the other hand, is a work whose style is obvious, old- fashioned, and common, and whose subject is deliberately chosen, not because the artist has any pleasure in it, but because he thinks that the public will pay him for it.
The old tragic Necessity, which lowers on the brows even of the Venuses and the Cupids of the antique, and furnishes the sole apology for the intrusion of such anomalous figures into nature,--namely, that they were inevitable; that the artist was drunk with a passion for form which he could not resist, and which vented itself in these fine extravagances,--no longer dignifies the chisel or the pencil.
Alas that the artist, whether in poetry, or whatever other material, may not content himself with the inward enjoyment of the beautiful, but must chase the flitting mystery beyond the verge of his ethereal domain, and crush its frail being in seizing it with a material grasp.
Annie had but given the slightest possible touch, with the point of a needle, to the same minute portion of complicated machinery which has been more than once mentioned, when the artist seized her by the wrist with a force that made her scream aloud.
The artist spent the ensuing winter in a way that satisfied any persons who had hitherto retained a hopeful opinion of him that he was, in truth, irrevocably doomed to unutility as regarded the world, and to an evil destiny on his own part.
My conclusion, from what I saw and heard, was, that, the artist, by some unaccountable freak of fate, or perhaps in some fit of enthusiastic and fanciful passion, had been induced to unite himself with a person altogether beneath him, and that the natural result, entire and speedy disgust, had ensued.
They were sounds occasioned by the artist in prying open the oblong box, by means of a chisel and mallet--the latter being apparently muffled, or deadened, by some soft woollen or cotton substance in which its head was enveloped.
The captain, for a moment, seemed touched by the earnest appeal of the artist, but he regained his stern composure, and merely said:
Give them a picture with a good large ruin, fancy trees, prancing nymphs, and a watery sky; dirty it down dexterously to the right pitch; put it in an old frame; call it a Claude; and the sphere of the Old Master is enlarged, the collector is delighted, the picture-dealer is enriched, and the neglected modern artist claps a joyful hand on a well-filled pocket.
as to the better centuries that are coming, the artist was surely right.
in what he had, and in what he lacked,--the artist might fitly enough stand forth as the representative of many compeers in his native land.
Thus the artist, whatever he might judge of Phoebe's capacity, was beguiled, by some silent charm of hers, to talk freely of what he dreamed of doing in the world.