Meaning of “con artist” in the English Dictionary

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"con artist" in British English

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con artistnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒn ˌɑː.tɪst/ us /ˈkɑːn ˌɑːr.t̬ɪst/ also con man, con woman, UK also confidence trickster

Examples from literature

  • Art didn't say anything, just sat pat and waited, the way he did sometimes when con artists came into the shop with some kind of scam that they wanted him to play along with. 

(Definition of “con artist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)