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a confidence game

A method of inspiring someone's trust and then deceiving them. Don't fall for Tony's sad story—he's known for playing confidence games.
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confidence game

Also, confidence trick; con game. A swindle in which the victim is defrauded after his or her trust has been won. For example, The police warned of a confidence game in which people were asked to turn over valuables for a so-called appraisal , or The typical confidence trick is easy to spot if you know what to look for, or I almost let myself be taken in by her con game-she seemed so sincere. These terms, which use confidence in the sense of "trust," date from the mid-1800s. They also gave rise to confidence man (or con man) for the swindler.
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This is no doubt an admirable trait, but again, it makes them especially susceptible to con games.
Las palabras usadas como pretexto se convierten en el medio del que se sirve el artista para dibujar, al orquestarlas unas con otras, un universo que habla precisamente de las carencias comunicativas de la gran urbe, el uso utilitario del lenguaje y la recurrencia a los con games, utilizados no solo por las bajas esferas de la sociedad, sino en cada uno de los estamentos que articulan lo que Mamet llama la nacion de los suenos rotos.
Diversity is also under ideological attack as a politically correct con game that balkanizes newsrooms, rewards tribalism, and dumbs down journalism.
But consumers should be aware that they might be pawns in a tremendous consumer "protection'" con game whose players advocate more regulation, less consumer choice, and, in general, higher prices for consumers in the name of safety.
But in its Indian incarnation the con game has deeper roots than simple greed and gullibility.
On his last trip, Jones had lost $400 before he realized that he had been set up as the pigeon in a con game by professional gamblers.
This process emerges as a postmodernist con game in which readers as "marks" (fictional and real) are the ones who are ultimately conned.
Years ago there was a con game called the razzle-dazzle.
But I gradually began to think that it was a con game being played on women.
Often, an individual unwittingly chooses to become a victim of a con game by calling a 900 number in response to a postcard or television ad, handing over money to a complete stranger, or volunteering a credit or phone card number.
The biggest con game that's been foisted on the American public is that private label is taking over the universe.
Seeking gold on the bottom of the North Fork Feather in 1897, one Major Frank McLaughlin hired 1,000 men and, in a con game extraordinaire, actually rerouted the entire river through a wooden flume so he could mine gold (unsuccessfully) from its dried-up bed.
In France, there was the affair of the Queen's necklace, a bizarre con game in which a very expensive diamond necklace bought for Queen Marie Antoinette ended up in the hands of crooks.
The federal con game following a balanced budget amendment could push most states and cities over the edge.
Many worldly-wise students see life as a con game in which neither television advertising nor test scores and college admissions are free from dishonesty and maniipulation.