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easy mark

One who is or will be easy to swindle, con, persuade, or exploit. Refers to the slang meaning of "mark," the intended victim of a swindler or con artist. We should see if Larry will give us the 20 dollars; he's usually an easy mark.
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easy mark

n. a likely victim. Mary is an easy mark because she is so unsuspecting.
See also: easy, mark
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mon gar., it is very well when you do but shoot at a shield, but when there is a man behind the shield, and he rides at you with wave of sword and glint of eyes from behind his vizor, you may find him a less easy mark."
WHEN he set out to extract concessions from China and other countries, President Donald Trump assured Americans that "trade wars are good, and easy to win." He regarded previous presidents as easy marks for devious foreign governments, and he thought his tough tactics would force those rivals to back down.
Bad actors are attracted to the idea of fast money and anonymity, making some investors easy marks for con artists.
Disable the internet connection to cut off access to any personal information stored on your computer, because unattended machines are easy marks for hackers.
America and the West's eagerness to believe the worst about their political opponents makes them easy marks for fake or distorted "news" from anti-American troll farms.
With this October's liability shift at the ATM for MasterCard drawing ever closer, many credit unions are already making strides toward this goal to avoid being targeted by fraudsters looking for easy marks after the deadline.
It is the only life they have ever known, moving from town to town, making money by conning and hustling easy marks. They are not alone, though; they have an entire community of wanderers as their family.
Open carry advocates believe the practice deters criminals, who generally seek easy marks and don't want to get shot.
Tourists were easy marks, getting out to take pictures and leaving car doors open.
"They know which companies are not easy marks. Call their bluff and you won't be targeted as much as those who roll over." He admits, though, that this is tricky advice to give a credit union CEO.
Sentencing, Judge Paul Thomas said the operation often targeted the elderly who he said "were pounced on in glee as easy marks" with sales patter said to have been "bullying and humiliating".
It's starting to look like highly paid coaches have supplanted physicians a s easy marks for shady investments--the phenomenon known to your Whispers staff as Triple D: dumb doctor deals.
"Easy Marks" is a thoughtful collection of poetry from Gail White who offers a good dose of alternative thought for making sense of it all in our complex lives.
It's just, frankly, that they're easy marks who desperately needed this well-honed scam to be true back then as they need it to be now.