1. [20C+] any form of words designed to ensnare the listener for commercial purposes, e.g. the story told by a confidence trickster to ensnare the victim.
2. [20C+] a womanizer’s ‘line’.
3. [1940s] (UK Und.) a specific con where someone is persuaded to pay the con-man, who is posing as a bookmaker, for a lost bet that he did not ask to be made.
1. [late 19C–1900s] one who tells a good story, a romantic.
2. a confidence trickster who ‘tells the tale’.
[1900s-40s] (orig. Aus.) a confidence trickster; a fraudulent racecourse tipster.
[1940s] (US black campus) to feel bad.
[20C+] to be fooled by a confidence trickster.
[1900s] (Aus.) working as a confidence trickster.
to tell a story.
1. to deceive, to hoax, to cheat through verbal dexterity.
2. to engage in amorous talk.
3. to tell any kind of unbelievable or pathetic story.
[1940s] (US black campus) a greeting, how are you?