con man


: a person who tricks other people in order to get their money : con artist

Examples of con man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While devising an escape plan involving Henry and the (unseen) woman prison counselor who has taken a shine to the newcomer, Gene spouts wisdom like a con man on a book tour. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2023 Phil Wilson, a con man from St. Louis, ran the Bank of Sark on Guernsey in the 1960s. Yepoka Yeebo, Town & Country, 2 Aug. 2023 For much of his adult life, police and court records show, Staveley had been a serial con man, probation violator, and harasser of women., 25 July 2023 Cook had embarked on a lucrative lecture tour by this point, fueling suspicions that America’s most popular explorer was a con man. Time, 15 July 2023 In this melodious throwback, a traveling con man who's in need of money persuades River City natives to purchase instruments and uniforms from him and start a band. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 16 May 2023 The story follows Susy in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a con man and two ex-convicts. Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2023 Jonathan Vigliotti: So, at best, a con man. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, 15 Apr. 2023 Legendary’s Draemond Winding is not a con man, just an empty suit—Goliath with a sales pitch. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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“Con man.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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