The Collaborative International Dictionary
con game \con game\ n. Same as confidence game. [PJC] ||
Confidence \Con"fi*dence\, n. [L. confidentia firm trust in, self-confidence: cf. F. confidence.]
The act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in; trust; reliance; belief; -- formerly followed by of, now commonly by in.
Society is built upon trust, and trust upon confidence of one another's integrity.
A cheerful confidence in the mercy of God.
That in which faith is put or reliance had.
The Lord shall be thy confidence.
--Prov. iii. 26.
The state of mind characterized by one's reliance on himself, or his circumstances; a feeling of self-sufficiency; such assurance as leads to a feeling of security; self-reliance; -- often with self prefixed.
Your wisdom is consumed in confidence; Do not go forth to-day.
But confidence then bore thee on secure Either to meet no danger, or to find Matter of glorious trial.
Private conversation; (pl.) secrets shared; as, there were confidences between them.
Sir, I desire some confidence with you.
Confidence game, any swindling operation in which advantage is taken of the confidence reposed by the victim in the swindler; several swindlers often work together to create the illusion of truth; -- also called con game.
Confidence man, a swindler.
To take into one's confidence, to admit to a knowledge of one's feelings, purposes, or affairs.
Syn: Trust; assurance; expectation; hope.
I am confident that very much be done.
2. Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved.
Be confident to speak, Northumberland; We three are but thyself.
3. Having self-reliance; bold; undaunted.
As confident as is the falcon's flight Against a bird, do I with Mowbray fight.
4. Having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault; dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous.
The fool rageth and is confident.
--Prov. xiv. 16.
Giving occasion for confidence. [R.]
The cause was more confident than the event was prosperous.
n. A swindle in which the mark, or victim, is defrauded after his or her trust has been won.
Usage examples of "con game".
I had to get Jake to imitate total defeat, and when their guard dropped and they began congratulating each other, we worked our own con game on them.