Old-fashioned term for con man.
- In the country that created the confidence man as a cultural hero and celebrated the slogan ‘Winning is the only thing’ as moral wisdom, fair play is a problematic ideal.
- The problems go deeper than that: not that I underestimate my abilities as a confidence man, but pulling the wool over her eyes is like dancing with a hungry jaguar.
- As a result she has lost her ability to tell a confidence man from an upstanding citizen, and with it, her ability to protect her daughter's high social status and the wealth that attends it.
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