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: a swindling game or scheme
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con, fiddle [chiefly British], flimflam, fraud, gyp, hustle, scam, shell game, sting, swindle
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1872, in the meaning defined above
perhaps alteration of Spanish banca bench, banking, bank in gambling, from Italian — more at bank
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