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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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With the understanding that money is tight - and money too is a confidence game - here's a quick to do list: Put the plan in writing, flesh it out, label it an economic plan, and then get new economy business leaders to sign on and endorse it.
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Running a con, or confidence game, is fairly straightforward: gain the trust of your targets and persuade them to want to give you something you want, like money or information.
David Mamet: A Life in the Theatre chronicles the dramatist's career, while detecting intriguing common denominators between Mamet's plays, films and theoretical musings:his affinity for Aristotle's Poetics (particularly Aristotle's comments on character and action); the privileging of the aural over the visual in his scripts; and, above all, his obsession with the trope of the confidence game.
Fradkin even calls it "a confidence game or fraud, of which Esposito should be ashamed.
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"Football is a confidence game and we have footballers whose main assets are playing and passing.
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He said: "Rugby is a massive confidence game but if you are feeling confident in yourself then you cant wait for the next game and because of the fact that there is so much quality around me I have to be pretty confident that I can do well
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