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confidence trick

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(North American confidence game)

Definition of confidence trick in English:

noun

An act of cheating or tricking someone by gaining their trust and persuading them to believe something that is not true: they were the innocent victims of an elaborate confidence trick
More 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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