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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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It has recently been suggested that the cash offers are little more than a confidence trick and there are fears they encourage fraud.
Who is/are at the bottom of this gigantic confidence trick? Why does Carwyn Jones want to 'invest' our future in this pyramid scheme?
a confidence trick", telling a London press conference: "This report is not the truth."
<p>Banking, despite complaints by some commentators around the world in the wake of the financial crisis, is not a confidence trick but it may be described as a trick of confidence.
In the mid 19th century, the gatehouse was enmeshed in a somewhat unholy confidence trick by Benedictine nuns wanting to move from Salford Hall, at Abbots Salford near Evesham.
Confidence Trick looked a progressive juvenile for Sir Michael Stoute when quickening up well to prove much better than Connor's Choice in the 7f maiden.
"This is a complete confidence trick. These people are very professional when they come on the phone.
"I blame equally all paramilitaries for their particular confidence trick of carrying on with their own cynical versions of peace - a peace which has seen attacks on all sides of our community," he said.
Perhaps it is part of a deliberate confidence trick, to destroy our country, like Greece, or the SNP, with excessive debt, until we are so impoverished that we could appear dependant on overseas government.
I thought the referendum was a carefully connived confidence trick in which the Scottish people were to be led like lambs to the slaughter by David Cameron and Alex Salmond, who fell as the victim due to the lack of public support and resigned.
SIR - Your correspondent Dr Hawkridge accurately traces the development of the EU over the last half century, from its inception as The Iron and Steel Community, but he appears to see this as some confidence trick played on people like himself, who confine their interest to trade between nations.
His widow last night said the Government-commissioned review was a "sham, whitewash and confidence trick".