1. pertaining to confidence trickery.
|Merry Wives of Windsor I i: Your cony-catching rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried me to the tavern, and made me drunk, and afterwards picked my pocket.|
|Honest Whore Pt 1 III iii: Thou wert honest at fiue, and now th’art a Puncke at fifteene: thou wert yesterday a simple whore, and now th’art a cunning Conny-catching Baggage to day.|
|Northward Hoe IV i: Your Norfolke tumblers are but zanyes to connicatching punckes.|
|Astrologaster 51: All the cunnycatching Knaues about London.|
|Life of Guzman Pt I Bk II 112: I began [...] exercising all your Cony-catching trickes, knavish prankes, fine feates with sleight of hand.(trans.)|
|Works (1869) II 147: But this is written, that it may appeare. / That I from cony-catching tricks am cleare.‘Taylors Revenge’ in|
|The Wandering Jew 22: All this I know too, and neither am skilled, nor professe I any of these cunny-catching Sciences.|
|Black Dog of Newgate in (1884) 78: The stranger [...] said they were coney-catching knaves.|
2. in a non-criminal sense, deceitful, mendacious.
|Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk IV 107: Thou lying Coney-catching Knave.|