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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."
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."
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.
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
Inf. a con artist. Fred is such an off artist. Beware of the rip-off artist who runs that shop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
n. a drunken person; a drunkard. A wobbly booze artist sat musing on the stool in the corner.
bullshit artistand 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!
n. someone who cheats or harms someone else; an informer. (Underworld.) Never trust a known burn artist.
castor oil artist
n. a medical doctor. This two-bit castor oil artist tried to get me to lose weight.
con manand 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 con man
n. someone who practices confidence tricks or deceptions on someone else. I don’t trust that flimflam artist at all.
n. someone who produces aggressive promotional material for a living. She is a hype artist for a public relations firm.
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 quick buck
n. a con artist. Beware of the rip-off artist who runs that shop.
See rip-off artist
n. a thief. (Underworld.) A take-off artist known as the Cat is cleaning out closets and jewelry boxes all over town.
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.