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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. They love to hear stories of religious conversion, of criminals who discover the evil of their ways and confess their sins.
El mundo mametiano gira en torno a los con games [10], los arrabales de la urbe, lo que esta mas alla de las burbujas de la clase alta y media, y la miseria coronada en los Olimpos de la nueva Era.
Earlier this week in Huddersfield two tricksters ratcheted up the traditional con game of fleece the pensioner to a sickening new level.
It's synonymous with the courage that you derive from not running a con game on the unique character and specific temper of your own mind.
Chaka Ferguson suggests that Christian churches are "the perfect con game" (128).
Legend has it that he was cheating at cards when a bullet to the abdomen swiftly ended his con game. Oozing with blood, the cardshark climbed onto his horse to escape.
"The Discovery Institute is pulling a bait-and-switch con game with the Texas State Board of Education, the press and citizens," Steven Schafersman, president of Texas Citizens for Science, told Church & State.
Without spoiling Ozon's con game, let's just say that reality and fantasy blur (there's a steamy interlude with Sagnier and a humpy waiter), leading to a near--menage a trois and, finally, to a murder.
And virtually every successful modern presidential candidate, from FDR to Kennedy to Reagan to Clinton to even the current occupant--"compassionate conservatism" was a con game, but it was an optimistic one in that it led voters to believe that Bush's GOP would divest itself of its Gingrichesque malevolence--has won on the basis of this kind of optimism.
making the distinction between a business opportunity and a con game may come down to asking the right questions.
Con Game is not a triumph of `investigative journalism'.
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.