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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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For the confidence trick to succeed, the private electricity companies and their allies have had to foster public trust in themselves and, more importantly, enlist trusted social institutions to shore up faith in these flimsy promises and allow people to put aside their critical faculties.
Confidence Trick looks a typical fast improver for Sir Michael Stoute
DAVOS, Switzerland: Iran Thursday stepped up attempts to normalize its relations with the West with a Davos charm offensive that was immediately attacked by Israel as a confidence trick.
It may be unfair to describe fiat money as a confidence trick but it is certainly a trick of confidence.
Dubai: Police say greed is the common denominator among the victims of '419 scams', 'black money scams', 'money doubling crimes' and other confidence tricks in which targets are conned into believing that they will make a large profit if they hand over some of their money.
I blame equally all paramilitaries for their particular confidence trick of carrying on with their own cynical versions of peace - a peace which has seen attacks on all sides of our community," he said.
Considering this new exploitation game, it is clear the "Gagging Law" was the thin end of the wedge for this latest confidence trick.
I thought the referendum was a carefully connived confidence trick in which the Scottish people were to be led like lambs to the slaughter by David Cameron and Alex Salmond, who fell as the victim due to the lack of public support and resigned.
As in some of his other poems, poetry may or may not be magical, but it is obviously a confidence trick.
Both Fisher and van Leeuwen are in complete agreement that adding value to forequarter pork is not a confidence trick at the consumer's expense.
The end result has been a confidence trick of truly gigantic proportions, played upon an unsuspecting public that has expressed very strong concern for maintaining, and even strengthening, environmental protections.
Alex Salmond's version of independence, without the Scottish currency, is merely a confidence trick, leading to total dependency on an overseas power, complete with border controls at Berwick and Carlisle.
SIR - Your correspondent Dr Hawkridge accurately traces the development of the EU over the last half century, from its inception as The Iron and Steel Community, but he appears to see this as some confidence trick played on people like himself, who confine their interest to trade between nations.
Ian Speed, for Kevin, said he ''now accepts he was a main player in a confidence trick which preyed on an elderly and vulnerable victim'.
GARETH BARRY has thanked Everton manager Roberto Martinez for the confidence trick whjch has revived his career.