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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

bullshit artist

rude slang Someone who is apt to lie and embellish. Oh, you can't trust a word that bullshit artist says.
See also: artist, bullshit

a flimflam artist

Someone who acts deceptively and tries to trick people. The word "flimflam" is thought to be of Scandinavian origin. I suspect those guys are flimflam artists, that's why they want so much money up front.
See also: artist, flimflam

pick-up artist

A man devoted to using a specific set of strategies in order to seduce ("pick up") women, and who perhaps instructs other men in how to do the same. You know how everyone tells you to just be yourself when talking to a girl? Well, a pick-up artist will tell you to do the opposite.
See also: artist

(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 ?
On a warm afternoon of spring, as the artist sat among his riotous companions with a glass of wine before him, a splendid butterfly flew in at the open window and fluttered about his head.
Paul's days down to our poor little Artist of the Beautiful, the same talisman had been applied to the elucidation of all mysteries in the words or deeds of men who spoke or acted too wisely or too well.
One evening, when the artist had returned from a customary ramble and had just thrown the lustre of his lamp on the delicate piece of work so often interrupted, but still taken up again, as if his fate were embodied in its mechanism, he was surprised by the entrance of old Peter Hovenden.
Perhaps, as in a former instance, the butterfly came and hovered about his head and reinspired him,--as indeed this creature of the sunshine had always a mysterious mission for the artist,--reinspired him with the former purpose of his life.
Pass we over a long space of intense thought, yearning effort, minute toil, and wasting anxiety, succeeded by an instant of solitary triumph: let all this be imagined; and then behold the artist, on a winter evening, seeking admittance to Robert Danforth's fireside circle.
The artist did not immediately reply, being startled by the apparition of a young child of strength that was tumbling about on the carpet,--a little personage who had come mysteriously out of the infinite, but with something so sturdy and real in his composition that he seemed moulded out of the densest substance which earth could supply.
The thing that stops them, it must be said again, is their desire to exercise authority over the artist and over works of art.
If a man approaches a work of art with any desire to exercise authority over it and the artist, he approaches it in such a spirit that he cannot receive any artistic impression from it at all.
A true artist takes no notice whatever of the public.
People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under.
It is better for the artist not to live with Princes.
We saw at a glance that the doom of the unfortunate artist was sealed.
The artist had engaged passage for himself, wife, two sisters and a servant.
I do believe it," said the artist seriously; "not as a superstition, however, but as proved by unquestionable facts, and as exemplifying a theory.
Then, if there be any good which all artists have in common, that is to be attributed to something of which they all have the common use?