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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. adjective 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. In this usage, it is usually hyphenated. 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

booze artist

One who is drunk or apt to get drunk. I was quite a booze artist in college, but those days are long behind me. All right, let's get this booze artist some coffee—something to sober him up.
See also: artist, booze

castor oil artist

A doctor. I don't believe anything that castor oil artist says—there's no way my blood pressure is that high.
See also: artist, oil

makeout artist

Someone who tries to seduce other people; someone who pursues brief or short-term sexual encounters with others. Sometimes hyphenated as "make-out artist." I gained a bit of a reputation as a makeout artist in my first couple of years in college because I found it very easy to hook up with various guys around campus. If you're looking for a serious relationship, a make-out artist like him will only let you down.
See also: artist

rip-off artist

A person who exploits the vulnerability of others for their own sake by manipulating and taking advantage of their confidence. Be wary of rip-off artists who send emails claiming to be a bank or some other trustworthy establishment—they often ask for your personal bank details to gain access to your finances. He's just a small-time rip-off artist looking to con you into giving him a bit of money.
See also: artist

take-off artist

slang A thief, especially a mugger or robber. My dad always made it known that he kept a shotgun and a baseball bat behind the counter to ward off would-be take-off artists. The guy is a take-off artist. He used to walk around town posing as a foreigner, then he'd stop people on the street to ask for directions, pull a gun on them, and make off with their valuables.
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 ?
"And that would be a pretty sight!" retorted Annie, glancing with imperceptible slightness at the artist's small and slender frame.
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.
However, let us leave what is really a very sordid side of the subject, and return to the question of popular control in the matter of Art, by which I mean Public Opinion dictating to the artist the form which he is to use, the mode in which he is to use it, and the materials with which he is to work.
The thing that stops them, it must be said again, is their desire to exercise authority over the artist and over works of art.
These are the artists, the orators, the leaders of society.
To drive her from a place that in some sense belonged to her was not only to insult her, but to cause her a species of artistic pain; for all artists have a spot of predilection where they work.
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:
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.
"But we shall live to see the day, I trust," went on the artist, "when no man shall build his house for posterity.
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?
Then the pay is not derived by the several artists from their respective arts.
And when such as had come in contact with Strickland in the past, writers who had known him in London, painters who had met him in the cafes of Montmartre, discovered to their amazement that where they had seen but an unsuccessful artist, like another, authentic genius had rubbed shoulders with them there began to appear in the magazines of France and America a succession of articles, the reminiscences of one, the appreciation of another, which added to Strickland's notoriety, and fed without satisfying the curiosity of the public.
Hence the proverbial toleration of artists for their own evil creations.
Among resident artists he enjoyed celebrity of a non- professional sort.