confidence game


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confidence game

n. the obtaining of money from others through trick or swindle, generally by gaining the victim's trust and confidence. (See: swindle)

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You want consumer confidence to rise, then stop the confidence game that exporting jobs and basically becoming the world's middle man is a benefit to everyday Americans.
In particular, it dramatizes the impossibility to determine the origin of a sequence of events even when, contrary to common sense, that sequence turns out to have been predetermined, as is the case with the confidence game called "The Spanish Prisoner.
If it sounds a bit like a confidence game, that may be because it's public confidence that gives money value in the first place.
One does not need to go so far as to argue that central bankers are like the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike against the onslaught of stateless money as Steven Solomon does in his book The Confidence Game (Simon and Schuster, 1995) to recognize that the international financial system has changed.
She decides, with the others, to play a confidence game on slaveholders in neighboring counties by selling Nathan, Harker, and the others to buyers from whom they will escape and rejoin the group to be resold further down the line.
While this crime involves theft of property by confidence game, as well as sexual enticement by prostitution, it is, in fact, robbery by aggravated assault.
It's a confidence game and as soon as people start talking about fallibility against spin, it almost becomes self-perpetuating," Strauss said.
STEVEN TAYLOR seems to be growing in confidence game by game.
Rugby league is a confidence game and it is amazing what a win can do for confidence when you're on a bit of downer.
Once a player turns 30, they tend to retire them and I think that sets into a player's mind-set because football is very much a confidence game and if you are feeling confident you can keep going when you are 32 or 33.
Football's a confidence game and we've been playing well.
FEDARCYK said: "Among the thousands of investors in the Bernard Madoff scheme were individuals so taken in by his confidence game that they invested the bulk of their net worth with him.