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slang The intended or ideal victim of a con, swindle, or theft. I knocked into the mark on the sidewalk, and my partner lifted his wallet while we got back to our feet. Jacques told me about a sweet, trusting, exceptionally wealthy old lady who would make the perfect mark for his scheme.
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mark

n. a dupe; a victim selected for a theft or a swindle. (Underworld.) I bumped the mark on the shoulder, and he put his hand on his wallet just like always.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
``And now,'' said Locksley, ``I will crave your Grace's permission to plant such a mark as is used in the North Country; and welcome every brave yeoman who shall try a shot at it to win a smile from the bonny lass he loves best.''
``My grandsire,'' said Hubert, ``drew a good bow at the battle of Hastings, and never shot at such a mark in his life and neither will I.
``Sirrah Locksley, do thou shoot; but, if thou hittest such a mark, I will say thou art the first man ever did so.
"It is a mark that I have found before now," answered the young bowman.
"There is a mark yonder on the hill," said he; "mayhap you can discern it."
Since 1900, the Atlanta Braves set a mark by winning the most consecutive games (13) at the start of the season in 1982.
Although the problem was remedied, the two years of missed deliveries left a mark on the customer base and TB&A again was on the brink of closing its doors for good.