1. [late 19C–1920s] a swindler.
2. [mid-19C+] (also banco) fraud, a dishonest gambling game.
3. [1910s+] deceit, flattery, empty nonsense.
4. [1960s+] a police squad devoted to combating confidence tricksters; also attrib.
1. [late 19C+] (US) a confidence trickster.
2. in attrib. use of sense 1.
1. [mid-19C–1970s] a generic for swindling, confidence trickery.
2. [1900s–20s] any form of ‘fixed’ gambling game.
3. in fig., i.e. non-criminal, use, any form of duplicity.
[mid-19C–1950s] (US) a swindler, a confidence trickster.
[20C+] (US police/Und.) a special squad devoted to combating confidence tricksters.
1. [late 19C+] (US Und., also bunko-steerer, banco-steerer, boonco steerer) that member of a confidence trickster gang whose task is to entrap the victim into the current swindle.
2. [late 19C+] as a non-specific term of abuse.
[late 19C–1940s] (US) confidence trickery, also attrib.