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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.
See also: confidence, game
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In The Spanish Prisoner (as well as in Open Your Eyes, The Sixth Sense and Run, Lola, Run), it is difficult to determine the point at which the confidence game begins, the point after which, retrospectively, we will have to assume that everything was part of a plan.
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