Definition of confidence game in English:

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confidence game

Pronunciation: /ˈkänfəd(ə)ns ɡām/
(British also confidence trick)

noun

A swindle in which the victim is persuaded to trust the swindler in some way.
Example sentences
  • The victim of the confidence game refuses to believe that he is being relieved of his money and dignity, but an ignominious fate awaits him every time.
  • He asserted: ‘The whole arrangement is nothing less than a confidence trick perpetrated by the Government against people.’
  • In the absence of a supportive fundamental backdrop, a ‘strong dollar’ policy is in reality nothing but an elaborate confidence trick.

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Syllabification: con·fi·dence game

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