CONFECTION, CONFECTIONER, CONFECTIONERY – NOUNS (also see SWEET FOODS)
– confection; a sweetmeat SUGAR-MEAT 1587 obs.
– confectionery SUGAR-WORK 1572 obs.
CONFECTION etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a confectioner; a maker or seller of sweets DULCIARY 1657 obs. rare
– a confectioner, a pastry-cook SUGAR-BAKER 1650 obs.
– a confectioner, a seller of sweets TRAGEMATOPOLIST 1656 obs. rare
CONFEDERACY, CONFEDERATE, CONFEDERATED, CONFEDERATION – ADJECTIVES
– confederate, in league; on intimate and friendly terms, linked by mutual feeling or understanding PACK 1701 Sc.
– confederated, leagued, allied BANDED 1601
CONFEDERACY etc. – ADVERBS
– in confederacy CLING-CLANG Bk1893 Eng. dial.
CONFEDERACY etc. – NOUNS
– a confederation; those leagued together PACTION 1877 now chiefly Sc.
– confederation; league BANDYING 1689 obs.
CONFEDERACY etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a confederate CAPPER 1871 Amer. thieves’ sl.
– a confederate RAPPIE 1920s US prison sl.
– a confederate, a helper BOOSTER Bk1914 criminals’ sl.
– a confederate, an accomplice FEDARIE 1603 obs.
– a confederate, a person who bands or leagues BANDER 1563 arch.
– a female confederate; a female companion; a woman of loose morals BROAD Bk1914 criminals’ sl.
CONFEDERACY etc. – VERBS
– to confederate; to band together, to league BANDY 1597 obs.
CONFER – VERBS
– to confer, to consult PALAVER 1877
– to confer, to consult, to parley; to speak together or with another upon a matter IMPARL 1579-80 obs.
– to confer, to parley, to treat; to talk for the sake of talking PARLIAMENT 1610 Sc. & Eng. dial.
CONFERENCE – NOUNS
– a conference CONFABULATION 1845 humorous usage
– a conference PALAVER 1735
– a conference; a consultation CON 1961 UK lawyers’ usage
– a conference; a group analysis and discussion SKULL SESSION 1959 US sl.
– a conference; a meeting GAMMON AND PATTER 1889 UK sl. obs.
– a conference; a period of much talking or complaining CHINFEST 1940 Amer. sl.
– a conference or parley between two or three persons PARWHOBBLE 1777 Eng. dial. obs.
– a prolonged conference or conversation; a gathering for talk GAB SESSION L19 sl., orig. US
– a prolonged conference or conversation; a gathering for talk JABFEST L19 sl., orig. US
– a prolonged conference or conversation; discussion; unrestrained talk; gossip GABFEST 1897 sl., orig. US
– conference, debate, discussion, parleying; the act of speaking together upon a matter, esp. before taking action EMPARLEMENT 1450-80 obs. rare; IMPARLANCE 1579-80 obs.; IMPARLEE 1565 obs. rare; IMPARLEMENT 1450-80 obs. rare
– conference, parleying EMPARLING; IMPARLING 1450-80 obs.
CONFERENCE – VERBS
– to hold a conference; to have a discussion and come to agreement MAKE MEDICINE 1903 Amer. dial.
CONFESS, CONFESSION – NOUNS
– confession FASSION c1440 obs.
– the act of faking a criminal confession VERBALLING 1974 UK sl.
CONFESS etc. – VERBS
– to confess BAWL 20C Black British sl.
– to confess SNEEZE OUT 1996 UK sl.
– to confess SPEW L18 sl.
– to confess and/or to inform on others; to reveal secrets through indiscreet talk; to blab CACKLE 1698 US & UK criminals’ sl.
– to confess everything COME CLEAN 1919
– to confess one’s faults RECKON ONE’S REAM PENNIES Bk1903 sl.
– to confess or divulge as much as one can SPILL ONE’S GUTS 1927 sl., chiefly US
– to confess or inform SPEW ONE’S GUTS 20C sl.
– to confess to a fault, etc. KNOWLEDGE c1384 obs.
– to confess, to make an admission, as to an accusation, failure, etc. ACKNOWLEDGE THE CORN 1846
– to confess, to tell the truth POP OFF; POP OFF AT THE MOUTH 1920s sl.
– to confess; to acknowledge YATE c1200 obs.
– to confess; to acknowledge; to admit or show one’s knowledge ACKNOW; AKNOW c1000 obs.
– to confess; to admit GIVE DOWN 1917 Amer. dial.
– to confess; to admit YIELD 1835 Sc.
– to confess; to admit truth or responsibility OWN UP 1853 colloq.
– to confess; to divulge CRAKE 19C Eng. dial.
– to confess; to make known, to declare, to acknowledge KEN c975 obs.
– to confess; to reveal, to disclose something SPIT IT OUT 1855
– to confess; to speak revealingly COUGH 1901 sl., orig. US
– to confess; to surrender; to give in PUT ONE’S HANDS UP 1970s Brit. police & criminals’ sl.
– to confess; to turn state’s evidence; said of a criminal CANARY 1930s US sl.
– to confess under interrogation VERBAL 1960s criminals’ sl.
– to fake a confession of criminal guilt VERBAL UP 1973 UK sl.
– to go to confession SCOUR THE KETTLE Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– to make a written confession SIGN UP 1970s Aust. criminals’ sl.
CONFESSION BOX – NOUNS
– the sliding door in a confession box LITTLE JUDAS 1995 Irish sl.
CONFIDE, CONFIDED, CONFIDING – ADJECTIVES
– confided in, or trusted in BETRUSTED a1461 obs.
CONFIDING etc. – NOUNS
– the act of confiding, or fact of having faith, in a person, quality, etc. faith, trust AFFIANCE 1330
CONFIDENCE, CONFIDENT, CONFIDENTLY – ADJECTIVES
– confident and resourceful in the face of challenges CAN-DO 20C sl., orig. US
– confident, assured, bold, brazen MAKINT 1808 Sc.
– confident, boastful; domineering TOPPING 1885 US
– confident, cool, impudent NERVY 1897
– confident, having a sense of security SICKER a1340 obs.
– confident, hopeful SANGUINEOUS 1847
– confident, hopeful SANGUINIAN 1340 obs.
– confident of; without doubt about FEARLESS 1634 obs.
– confident or hopeful with reference to some particular issue SANGUINE 1673
– confident, self-assured IN A ZONE 1990s sl.
– confident, zealous, courageous FULL-HEARTED a1616
– disturbingly confident; unacceptably cocky TOO BIG FOR ONE’S BRITCHES 1835 Amer. dial.
– foolishly confident, restive, rude, unruly, obstreperous POLLRUMPTIOUS; POLRUMPTIOUS 1790 Eng. dial.
– full of confidence and boldness through drinking POT-SURE 1648 obs.
– over-confident, pushy, esp. of someone who is usually more self-effacing ABOVE ONESELF 19C sl.
– partly confident and partly nervous SANGUINE-NERVOUS 1842
– self-confident, arrogant, haughty, conceited UPHEADED 1826 Amer. dial.
– self-confident, conceited COCKSHOUS 19C Eng. dial.
CONFIDENCE etc. – ADVERBS
– confidently, between ourselves BETWIXT YOU AND ME AND THE GATE Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– confidently, frankly; also, brazenly WITH OPEN FACE 1388 obs.
– confidently, hopefully SANGUINELY 1653
– confidently, safely; with security SICKER c1205 obs.
– confidently, with assurance SICKERLY c1205 obs. exc. Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– confidently, with trust AFFIANTLY a1641 obs. rare
– in confidence; secretly BETWEEN YOU AND ME AND JACK MUM 20C Irish sl.
– told in confidence BETWEEN YOU AND ME AND THE BED-POST 1830 sl.
– with confidence, ease, and assurance MAKINTLY 1903 Sc.
– with confidence; firmly, unwaveringly, steadfastly FASTLY c1175 obs.
CONFIDENCE etc. – INTERJECTIONS/PHRASES
– an expression of confidence that all will go well NO WORRIES! 20C Aust. sl.
– an expression of confidence that all will go well NO WUCKERS! 20C Aust. sl.
– an expression of confidence that all will go well NO WUCKING FURRIES! 20C Aust. sl.
– an expression of confidence that all will go well NO WUCKS! 20C Aust. sl.
– in all confidence or secrecy BETWEEN YOU AND ME AND THE BED-POST 1830
– one will always be most confident or assertive in the place or situation in which one feels most at home or at ease, or when dealing with a subject or area with which one is familiar or comfortable A COCK CROWS LOUDEST ON HIS OWN DUNGHILL a1387 rare
– used for an expression of confidence in the assertion that follows FIVE WILL GET YOU TEN 1990 US sl.
– used for expressing supreme confidence I’LL BET YOU A FAT MAN 1963 US sl.
CONFIDENCE etc. – NOUNS
– confidence, faith LEVENESS c1400 obs.
– confidence generally; assurance AFFIANCE 1483 obs.
– confidence, trust; dependence, trustworthiness, reliability READSHIP; REDESHIP 1829 Eng. dial.
– cool confidence; freedom from shamefastness IMPUDENCY c1610 obs.
– great confidence; insolent boldness; effrontery, nerve FACE 1537 colloq.
– self-confidence, arrogance, conceit, haughtiness UPHEADEDNESS 1832 Amer. dial.
– self-confidence, arrogance, conceit, haughtiness UPHEADINESS 1963 Amer. dial.
CONFIDENCE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a confident, high-spirited young man; a lively, vigorous, or energetic young man YOUNG BLOOD 1557
– a confident, strong, energetic young man YOUNG LION 1792
– a girl confident of herself BIT OF MUSLIN Bk1895 Aust. criminals’ sl.
– a man with full confidence in his appearance and abilities; a conceited, dressy young man BIT OF STUFF 1828 UK sl.
CONFIDENCE etc. – VERBS
– to be over-confident, forward, or bold HAVE BRASS ON ONE’S FACE 1966 Amer. dial.
– to destroy the confidence or self-possession of; to daunt, to dismay, to discomfit; to disconcert, to put out of countenance, to abash BASH c1375 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– to feel confident, ambitious FEEL ONE’S KEEP 1966 Amer. dial.
– to feel confident, ambitious FEEL ONE’S KEEPING 1927 Amer. dial.
– to feel confident of success FANCY ONE’S CHANCES 20C
– to feel disturbingly confident, important, or independent BE TOO BIG FOR ONE’S BRITCHES 1835 Amer. dial.
– to have full confidence in something SWEAR BY c1815 sl.
– to lose confidence; to become flustered, excited or angry DO IN THE BLOCK 1916 sl.
– to lose one’s usual confidence and poise FALL APART 1930s sl.
– to place confidence in a person; to trust BETRUST c1440 obs.
– to sit with confidence; to behave properly SIT UP LIKE JACKIE; SIT UP LIKE JACKY 1918 Aust. & NZ sl.
– to want confidence or faith; to have or feel distrust DIFFIDE 1532 rare
CONFIDENCE, LACK OF – NOUNS
– lack of confidence or experience CHERRY 20C Amer. sl.
CONFIDENCE GAME, TRICK – ADJECTIVES (also see SWINDLE)
– being a member of a confidence trick team, or, as a ‘civilian’, aware and tolerant of their activity IN L19 US criminals’ sl.
– said of a confidence swindle which is perpetrated without a fake office, extras, props, etc. AGAINST THE WALL 1940 US sl.
– subjected to a confidence trick SCAMMED 1990s sl.
CONFIDENCE GAME, TRICK – NOUNS
– a big con swindle in which the lure is the promise of wealth from stocks traded based on allegedly inside information RAG STORE 1969 US sl.
– a confidence game based on stocks and shares RAG 1940s US criminals’ sl.
– a confidence game in which a wallet is dropped as bait for the victim DRAG 1958 US sl.
– a confidence swindle SKULL 1979 Trinidad & Tobago
– a confidence trick MICHIGAN 1910s US criminals’ sl.
– a confidence trick SAMFIE 20C W. Indies sl.
– a confidence trick SANDBAG 1900s US sl.
– a confidence trick TAKE GAME 1940s US criminals’ sl.
– a confidence trick, a racket, a swindle, a publicity stunt HYPE 1955 sl., orig. US
– a confidence trick, a swindle, a con; an instance of unfairness or deception GYP 1898 colloq.
– a confidence trick, esp. one which starts with a wallet dropped in front of the victim or ‘pigeon’ PIGEON-DROP 1937 US sl.
– a confidence trick, swindle or racket, often specifically a fraudulent bankruptcy SCAM 1963 sl., orig. US
– a confidence trick; a fraudulent scheme SKANK 1980s W. Indies & Black British teen sl.
– a confidence trick; a hoax JACK-OFF 1930s US sl.
– a confidence trick; a hoax QUEER M18 sl.
– a confidence trick; a hoax SPOOF L19 sl.
– a confidence trick; an act of surpassing or confusing HORNSWOGGLE 1877 US sl.
– a confidence trick; a robbery TAP 1930s US sl.
– a confidence trick; a swindle, trick or deception OKEY-DOKE 1967 sl., esp. African-American usage
– a confidence trick based on the passing of bad banknotes SAWDUST GAME L19 US sl.
– a confidence trick or cheat that is carefully planned for perfect execution LONG CON 1930s sl., orig. US criminals’ usage
– a confidence trick or swindle, esp. one involving counterfeit goods (originally a ring) TWEEDLE 1925 sl.
– a faked-up argument or similar commotion intended to disguise a confidence trick or swindle RAMPS 1910s sl.
– a form of confidence trick, based on persuading a stranger that one is an old, if forgotten, friend GAGGING E19 UK criminals’ sl.
– a form of confidence trick involving the passing of counterfeit money PANEL GAME; PANEL TRICK L19 sl.
– a place where victims are robbed and/or cheated by a confidence trickster KILLING FLOOR 1960s African-American sl.
– a scheme to arrange for typewriters and vacuum cleaners to be left on approval at a residence, the goods would then be sold and the premises quickly vacated by the con-man and his partner TAPPER AND SUCKER RACKET 1940s UK criminals’ sl.
– a short-con game played at a ball park where a confidence trickster poses as a bookmaker, taking bets, then raises an umbrella and disappears into the area where everybody is holding umbrellas MUSH 1940s US criminals’ sl.
– a small-scale confidence racket SHORT CON 1932 US sl.
– a species of the confidence trick THE IRISHMAN 1938 UK criminals’ sl.
– 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 TALE 1940s UK criminals’ sl.
– a swindle perpetrated by some form of confidence trick BANCO; BUNCO; BUNKO 1876 US sl.
– a type of confidence trick in which the victim is duped by unfulfilled promises of money, sex, etc. MURPHY (GAME) 1959 US sl.
– a type of confidence trick in which the victim loses a large sum of money trying to follow the apparent good luck of the trickster PAY-OFF 1915 sl.
– a type of confidence trick which involves defrauding a gullible player in a game of pool LEMON; LEMON-GAME 1908 US sl.
– an attempt to con GAME 1975 US sl.
– confidence trickery, swindling MAGGING M19 sl.
– confidence trickery; swindling PADDING L17 sl.
– confidence trickery, swindling THE MAG L19 UK criminals’ sl.
– confidence tricks; a swindle, usually involving fraudulent offers of credit; robbery by fraud MACE 1742 sl.
– confidence tricks that focus on the use of counterfeit gold to entrap the victim VERSING LAW 16C UK criminals’ sl.
– deceptive acts that contribute to a confidence trick FAKUS 1960s sl.
– in confidence games: an amount of money used to begin an increasingly larger series of swindles TRACTION 1997 US sl.
– money-dropping GAMBLING 1738 UK sl. obs.
– playing a confidence trick or otherwise manipulating another GAMING L19 African-American sl.
– practicing confidence tricks and similar schemes SCAMMING 1970s sl.
– some form of confidence trick ABRAHAM WORK; ABRAM WORK L19
– the act of ensnaring a victim into a confidence game CAP L19 US criminals’ sl.
– the final step in a confidence swindle, in which the swindlers walk away with the victim’s money WALKAWAY 1981 US sl.
– the high point of a confidence game, when the swindle occurs BUST-OUT 1958 US criminals’ sl.
– the initial contact with the intended victim in a confidence swindle CUT-IN 1977 US sl.
– the money that confidence men allow a victim to win COP 1940s US criminals’ sl.
– the place in which a confidence trick is carried out, such as a fake bookmaker’s or stockbroker’s office GAFF 1940s US criminals’ sl.
– the stage in a confidence swindle when the victim is fully committed to the scheme CONVINCER 1940 US sl.
– working as a writer of begging letters, the pursuit of many small-time confidence tricksters at the time ABRAHAM SUIT; ABRAM SUIT 19C sl.
CONFIDENCE GAME, TRICK – VERBS
– to assess the potential of a possible victim QUALIFY 1970s US criminals’ sl.
– to charm a potential victim before subjecting them to a confidence trick BACK AND FILL 20C sl.
– to complete the swindle which the victim immediately understands to have been a swindle COME HOT 1985 US sl.
– to deceive or dupe someone by means of the Murphy game MURPHY 1965 US sl.
– to engage in petty confidence games JOSTLE a1890 US criminals’ sl.
– to ‘fall for’ a confidence trick TAKE A TUMBLE 1900s US criminals’ sl.
– to get rid of someone who has been used temporarily to help work a confidence trick on a victim COP A FINAL 1940s African-American sl.
– to play a confidence trick on; to defraud, to hoax WORK A SLANTER L19 sl.
– to play confidence tricks or swindle TWEEDLE 1925 sl.
– to pose as an enthusiastic or successful customer to encourage other buyers, gamblers, etc. SHILL 1914 chiefly Amer.
– to subject to confidence trickery; to hoax, to humbug KIDDY M19 sl.
– to win money from a victim; said of a con-man COP 1940s US criminals’ sl.
– to work a confidence trick; to fool a victim JEFF 1960s US criminals’ sl.
– to work a confidence trick; to operate a fraud; to work behind someone’s back SKANK 2000 UK sl.
– to work as a confidence trickster’s accomplice RAM 1950s Aust. sl.
CONFIDENCE TRICKSTER – NOUNS, PERSON
– a con artist ACID MAN 1926 criminals’ sl.
– a con artist; a swindler DUDDER 1988 Aust. sl.
– a con artist, a swindler; a person, esp. a trader, who defrauds or cheats others artist GYPSTER 1917 US sl.
– a con artist; someone who swindles people out of money through fraud SHUFFLER Bk1974 Amer. sl.
– a con artist who tricks merchants into selling him goods on credit for which he has no intention of paying SAMPLER 1929 con artists’ sl.
– a confidence artist who defrauds automobile companies and is constantly on the move to avoid exposure HEDGEHOPPER Bk1992 criminals’ sl.
– a confidence man BILKER 1690 criminals’ sl.
– a confidence man CON ARTIST 1889 Amer. sl.
– a confidence man CON MAN 1889 Amer. sl.
– a confidence man; a clever swindler OIL MERCHANT 1942-49 Amer. sl.
– a confidence man; a deceiver or cheat; a thief; a swindler TAKE-DOWN 1926 Aust. sl.
– a confidence man; a professional crook; a skilful cheat GIP ARTIST 1935 Amer. sl.
– a confidence man; a scoundrel; a cheat GRAND RASCAL 1929 Amer. dial.
– a confidence man; a swindler, a cheat HIGHBINDER 1890 New York sl.
– a confidence man, a swindler; a person who earns his living dishonestly, esp. by his wits SCAMMER 1972 sl., orig. US
– a confidence man or blackmailer BLACKBIRD 1895 criminals’ sl.
– a confidence man pretending to be an eye specialist; he ‘identifies’ a rare eye diseases in victims, writes out a prescription, and collects a fee GLIM-HUSTLER Bk1992 criminals’ sl.
– a confidence man who specializes in dropping something supposedly valuable where it will be found by a potential victim, who is either lured into a game or persuaded to buy the ‘valuable’, while the conman claims that although they should, by rights, share the profits, he will sell his share and let the victim have the whole benefit; alternatively the victim is introduced to some of the sharp’s friends, who propose a game of cards or dice, in which they rob him MONEY-DROPPER 1737 criminals’ sl.
– a confidence man who wrapped currency inside certain packages and then held a lottery selling his product to victims who hoped to receive one of the packages with money inside; unfortunately these were usually reserved for the confidence man’s accomplice BILL-WRAPPER Bk1992 con artists’ sl. obs.
– a confidence swindler ALIAS MAN 1961 Jamaica sl.
– a confidence swindler CONNEROO 1949 US sl.
– a confidence-trick man; a swindler; a sharper BANCO-STEERER 1876 US sl.
– a confidence trickster BIG MITTER 1916 US criminals’ sl.
– a confidence trickster BIG MITT MAN 1902 US criminals’ sl.
– a confidence trickster BITER 1669 UK sl.
– a confidence trickster BLUFF ARTIST 1930s sl.
– a confidence trickster CON 1897 orig. US
– a confidence trickster CON-PLAYER L19 sl., orig. US
– a confidence trickster FAKE-MAN 1900s Aust. sl.
– a confidence trickster FAST-TALKER 1930s sl.
– a confidence trickster GINALL; GINNAL 1971 W. Indies & Jamaica
– a confidence trickster LAMPER 1950s W. Indies sl.
– a confidence trickster MONTE-MAN 1899 Aust. & US sl.
– a confidence trickster NEEDLE L18 sl.
– a confidence trickster RANK NEEDLE L18 sl.
– a confidence trickster SAMFAI MAN; SAMFIE; SAMFIE MAN 1959 W. Indies sl.
– a confidence trickster SCAM ARTIST 1978 sl.
– a confidence trickster SCAMSTER 1998 sl.
– a confidence trickster SPOOFER L19 sl.
– a confidence trickster T.B. 1933 sl.
– a confidence trickster TEAR-DOWN 1894 Aust. sl.
– a confidence trickster TUG L19 Aust. sl.
– a confidence trickster; a cheat BITE Bk1698
– a confidence trickster; a cheat; a shabby swindling borrower JEREMY DIDDLER 1803 sl.
– a confidence trickster, a cheat, esp. when telling ‘sob stories’ or posing as a deaf mute; a charlatan; a fraudster GAGGER 1781 sl.
– a confidence trickster; a cheat; one who contrives; one who deceives WANGLER 1920 colloq.
– a confidence trickster; a fraudster FAKER M19 sl.
– a confidence trickster; a fraudulent racecourse tipster TALE-TELLER 1900 sl., orig. Aust.
– a confidence trickster; a hoaxer MOOSHE-MAN 1943 W. Indies
– a confidence trickster; a liar JEFF ARTIST 1960s US sl.
– a confidence trickster; a person who is not so much to be admired as was originally thought NKALAFAKER 2003 S. Afr. teen sl.
– a confidence trickster; a petty criminal LURKMAN M19 Aust. sl.
– a confidence trickster; a pickpocket MOKE 1867 US criminals’ sl.
– a confidence trickster; a polished practitioner of the ‘mace’ MACE 1781 sl.
– a confidence trickster; a shady liver by his wits; a trickster ILLYWHACKER c1910 Aust. sl.
– a confidence trickster; a swindler BEAT 1863 sl.
– a confidence trickster; a swindler GAMMONING COVE 1828 UK criminals’ sl. obs.
– a confidence trickster; a swindler HANDSHAKER 1891 US sl.
– a confidence trickster; a swindler MACE-COVE 1823 sl.
– a confidence trickster; a swindler MACE-GLOAK 1812 sl.
– a confidence trickster; a swindler MACEMAN 1859 sl.
– a confidence trickster; a swindler TAKE 1945 Aust. & NZ sl.
– a confidence trickster; a swindler TWEEDLER 1925 sl.
– a confidence trickster; a thief HEAD 1906 UK criminals’ sl.
– a confidence trickster; a thief; a cheat NICKER L17 sl.
– a confidence trickster; a thief; a swindler; a charlatan FAKE 1881 Amer. sl.
– a confidence trickster, especially a card-sharp BEAU-TRAP a1674 sl.
– a confidence trickster; especially one posing as a gentleman fallen on hard times CADATOR 1703 Eng. dial. & sl.
– a confidence trickster, one of a team but posing as an independent person, often drunk, who befriends a potential victim and lures them into a swindle POT-HUNTER 1592 UK sl.
– a confidence trickster; one who lives by their wits; a person engaged in swindles and hustles as a way of life GAMER 1967 US sl.
– a confidence trickster; one who plays monte, the three-card trick, ‘find the lady’ MONTE 1902 US criminals’ sl.
– a confidence trickster; one who poses as a poor scholar and thus persuades his victims to put up money in order to back the printing of some spurious learned pamphlet FALCONER 17C UK criminals’ sl.
– a confidence trickster, preying on visitors to the city BLACKLEG 1838 UK sl.
– a confidence trickster’s accomplice BABE 1860 UK criminals’ sl.
– a confidence trickster’s confederate URGER c1910 Aust. criminals’ sl
– a confidence trickster; someone posing as an enthusiastic or successful customer to encourage other buyers, gamblers, etc. SHILL 1916 sl.; SHILLABER 1913 sl.; STICK 1926 US sl.
– a confidence trickster who claims to be able to double a person’s money MONEY-DOUBLER 1976 Nigeria
– a confidence trickster who drops a supposedly valuable object, as a ring, wallet, etc., and rather than claim it for himself, persuades a passerby to buy it from him GAMBLER 1735 UK sl.
– a confidence trickster who fools a shopkeeper into parting with a gold sovereign using sleight of hand and some hidden wax BUZZER L19 UK criminals ‘sl.
– a confidence trickster who passes bad banknotes SAWDUST MAN; SAWDUST SWINDLER L19 US sl.
– a confidence trickster who plunges into water and is saved from ‘drowning’ QUEER PLUNGER L18 sl.
– a confidence trickster who preys on naive countrymen, persuading them that they can win money by playing cards with a supposedly drunk person, who of course is a confederate GENTLEMAN OF THE DROP 1789 UK criminals’ sl.
– a confidence trickster who ‘tells the tale’ TALE-PITCHER 1906 UK sl.
– a confidence trickster who uses the ‘pigeon-drop’ PIGEON-DROPPER 1961 US sl.
– a con man; a cheat; someone who cheats or harms someone else BURN ARTIST1968 Amer. criminals’ sl.
– a con-man; a person out to deceive or project a phony image; a liar ACTOR 1844 US sl.
– a con-man; a street swindler MAGSMAN 1838 sl.
– a con man who is a member of a gang of swindlers SALESMAN 1925 con artists’ sl.
– a female confidence trickster CON-WOMAN L19 sl., orig. US
– a ‘Murphy man’; one who practices a Murphy swindle (a confidence game practiced on victims who are seeking prostitutes, drugs, gambling, etc.) MISS MURPHY WALKER 1967 US criminals’ sl.
– an accomplice who helps in a confidence trickster’s pose as a poor scholar MONGREL 16C UK criminals’ sl.
– an agent who, for a commission, locates potential victims for a confidence swindle TOUT 1988 US sl.
– an attractive man or woman used to lure a victim into a con-game or a mugging BAIT 20C sl.
– a person involved in any of various special roles in a confidence trick or robbery INSIDE MAN 1935 US sl.
– a person who acts as a decoy in a confidence game; also, a petty swindler GUY 1850 Amer. criminals’ sl.
– a person who lures others into gambling or a confidence trick BUTTONER 1839 criminals’ sl., obs.
– a person who lures the victim into the swindle CAPPER 1753 US sl.
– a petty confidence game operator HIPER 1914 US criminals’ sl.
– a second-rate confidence man EXCESS BAGGAGE 1940s US criminals’ sl.
– a second-rate confidence trickster HAMFATTER 1928 US criminals’ sl.
– a small-time or second-rate con-man HEEL-GRIFTER 1940 US criminals’ sl.
– a street peddler who doubles as a confidence trickster JACK IN A BOX; JACK IN THE BOX L17 UK criminals’ sl.
– a team of confidence men working ‘the rag’, a trick based on persuading the victim that they can profit form a fixed stock swindle RAG MOB 1960s US criminals’ sl.
– a trickster’s confederate who encourages the public to lose their money in a con-game RAM 1940s Aust. sl.
– a well-dressed, high-class confidence man; a stylish sharper BEAN TRAP 1881 criminals’ sl.
– confidence tricksters FANNY MOB 1970s UK criminals’ sl.
– the accomplice in a greengoods swindle who provides the money used to lure the victim BACKER 1898 con artists’ sl.
– the accomplice of a confidence man, usually the one who lures the victim BACKUP MAN Bk1992 con artists’ sl.
– the confidence man who enters in the final act and takes the money off the victim TAKEOFF MAN Bk1992 con artists’ sl.
– the member of a confidence trick gang who gets hold of the prospective victim and brings him to the gang TAKER 1591 UK criminals’ sl.; TAKER-UP 1552 UK criminals’ sl. obs.
– the member of a confidence trick team who locates a potential victim, lures him deeper into the hoax, and helps to fleece him; the ‘steerer’ for a brothel OUTSIDE MAN M19 sl., orig. US
– the member of a confidence trickster team (practising the “Barnard’s Law) who actually plays the game of chance through which a victim is defrauded and who would often claim to be a friend of one of the victim’s friends RETRIEVER; VERSER M16 UK criminals’ sl.
– the one who keeps a watch in a team of confidence tricksters OAK; OKE 1591 UK criminals’ sl. obs.
– the partner of the pocketbook or purse-dropper in a drop confidence game; the heeler ‘accidentally ‘ hits the victim on the back of the heel to bring his attention to a purse on the ground HEELER 1859 criminals’ sl.
– the well-spoken confidence man who makes the initial contact with the victim TWANG ADAM COVE 1860 UK criminals’ sl. obs.
CONFIDENCE TRICKSTER, VICTIM OF – NOUNS PERSON
– a person taken in by confidence tricksters FLY-FLAT 1864 Brit. sl.
– a potential victim of a confidence trickster; a credulous person; it is common term of address, used ironically by the con-man when he approaches the victim CHIEF 1940s W. Indies sl.
– a rich young man who is gulled into running up large bills by confidence tricksters who later dun him for their debts RABBIT SUCKER L16 UK criminals’ sl.
– a victim of a confidence game, robbery, kidnapping, etc. CHICKEN 20C Amer. sl.
– a victim of a confidence trick, etc. ACTION 1950s sl.
– the dupe of a con man GAY 19C sl.
– the intended victim of confidence tricksters MARK 1883 sl., orig. US
– the victim of a confidence trickster or a prostitute SIMPLER L16 UK criminals’ sl.
CONFIDENT, CONFIDENTLY – SEE CONFIDENCE
CONFIDENTIAL, CONFIDENTIALLY – ADJECTIVES
– confidential, private PARTICULAR 1884 Sc.
– confidential, secret COPA 1950s sl.
– confidential, secret COPACETIC; COPASETIC; KOPASETIC 1950s sl.
– confidential, secret COPASETTY 1950s sl.
– confidential, secret COPESETTE; KOPASETTE 1950s sl.
– confidential, secret COPUS 1950s sl.
– confidential, secret, private CABINET ?17C
CONFIDENTIAL etc. – ADVERBS
– confidentially UNDER THE LAP 1930s Aust. sl.
– confidentially, quietly ON THE QT 1884 UK sl.
– confidentially, secretly SUB ROSA Bk1904 colloq.
CONFIDENTIAL etc. – VERBS
– to talk confidentially and intimately together HOB-NOBBLE B1900 Eng. dial.
CONFIDING – see CONFIDE
CONFINE, CONFINED, CONFINEMENT- ADJECTIVES
– confined, cramped SCRAMMY Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– confined, crowded, closely packed COBBY 19C Eng. dial.
– confined, crowded; incommoded by want of space or pressure of business THRUSTEN 1899 Eng. dial.
– confined; enclosed; pent in; shut in a pen or fold IMPENT 1633 obs.
– confined, imprisoned; immured; enclosed in walls or as in walls IMMURATE 1593 obs.
– confined in action, thought, etc.; cramped, hampered CABINED 1854
– confined indoors by harsh weather conditions BLIZZED IN 1951 Antarctica usage
– confined, narrow, tight ARCT 1545 obs.
– in close confinement; under strict restraint AT HARD-MEAT 1594 obs.
CONFINE etc. – NOUNS
– a place of confinement; a prison; a cell CAN Bk1914 criminals’ sl.
– confinement, durance FAST-HOLD 1832
– confinement, durance THOR 1802 Sc. obs.
– confinement, imprisonment, custody BAND a1300 obs.
– confinement, imprisonment; prison KEEPING 1382 obs.
– confinement to an institution, other than a prison RAP L19 US sl.
– confines, prison bars, limits, bounds CANCELS 1596 obs.
– forced confinement; imprisonment; constraint DURANCE a1535
CONFINE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person confined by authority to a restricted area YARDBIRD 1940s US sl.
CONFINE etc. – VERBS
– to confine BAIL c1600 rare
– to confine CIRCLE IN Bk1999
– to confine as in a prison or fortress; to shut up or enclose within walls; to imprison IMMURE 1588
– to confine or bind securely LAY NECK AND HEELS 1643 obs.
– to confine or bind securely TIE NECK AND HEELS 1701
– to confine or fasten in a tight place; to lock up HASP 1680 obs.
– to confine or shut up in a poky place POKE 1860 colloq.
– to confine, to constrict; to make hidebound HIDEBIND M17 rare
– to confine, to coop up MEW UP Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to confine, to enclose UMBECAST c1440 obs.
– to confine, to enclose, to shut up ACLOSE c1315 obs. rare
– to confine, to enclose; to shut up in an enclosure; to pen PAR; PARR c1300 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– to confine, to imprison, to incarcerate CARCERATE 1839
– to confine, to restrain to something TINE c1430 obs.
– to confine, to restrict, to limit in specified bounds TERMINE 1634 obs.
– to confine, to set bounds to BOUNDIFY 1606 obs. rare
– to confine, to shut in; to enclose, to encompass, to encircle, to surround IMMURE 1583 rare
– to confine, to shut up, to imprison; to shut in, to enclose, to surround BESHUT a1300 obs.
– to confine, to shut up, to restrain HAIN 1636 obs. rare
– to confine, to shut up; to thrust or crush (into a confined space) THRING c1250 obs.
– to confine, to surround; to hem in HAMPHIS 1768 Sc. obs.
– to confine within bounds; to set bounds to, to limit BOUND 1393 obs.
– to keep in confinement or restraint; to mew or coop up IMMEW a1600 obs.
– to place in confinement, to imprison LAY UP 1565 obs.
– to put in a place of confinement or retreat KENNEL 1582
– to serve a time of confinement DO A PADDY DOYLE 1919 Brit. services’ sl.
CONFIRM, CONFIRMATION, CONFIRMATORY, CONFIRMED – ADJECTIVES
– confirmatory RATIFACTORY 1720 obs. rare
– confirmatory RATIFICATORY 1639 Sc. obs. rare
– confirmed, habitual EVEN-DOWN 1823 Sc.
– confirmed, ratified, strengthened ROBORATE 1432-50 obs.
– confirmed, settled RATIFIED 1644 rare
CONFIRM etc. – NOUNS
– confirmation, verification; the act of proving VEREFIANCE c1450 obs.
CONFIRM etc. – PHRASES
– a phrase of enthusiastic confirmation DOES A DUCK SWIM? 1891
– a phrase of enthusiastic confirmation WILL A DUCK SWIM? 1842
CONFIRM etc. – VERBS
– to confirm APPLY THE ACID; PLY THE ACID; PUT THE ACID ON; TRY THE ACID 1910s sl.
– to confirm by pledge or surety SICKER 1338 now rare or obs.
– to confirm or declare the truth or correctness of a statement, etc. RATIFY c1400 rare or obs.
– to confirm, to clinch CLINT Bk1886 Eng. dial.
– to confirm, to make sure, to ratify an agreement FASTEN a900 obs.
– to confirm, to ratify, to corroborate (a charter, league, etc.) ROBORATE 1432-50 obs. exc. Sc.
– to confirm, to settle AFFEER c1440
– to confirm vague or confusing orders or directions CHECK THE DICTIONARY 1991 US, Vietnam war usage
CONFISCATE – VERBS
– to confiscate CONFISTICATE 19C US Civil War usage
– to confiscate; to escheat, to do one out of ACHEAT; ACHETE c1430 obs.
– to confiscate; to steal with strategy rather than on impulse SNATCH BALD-HEADED 19C US Civil War usage
CONFLICT, CONFLICTING – ADJECTIVES
– conflicting, at variance UNISOME a1250 obs.
– conflicting, discordant, clashing JARRING 1661
– conflictual; characterized by competition; competitive AGONAL 1896
– full of conflict or strife; contentious BATTLEFUL c1449 obs. rare
– in conflict IN HOLTS 1900s Aust. sl.
– in or into conflict or antagonism with IN TOPS WITH a1658 obs.
– in strong conflict or disagreement, at odds, engaged in bickerings or disputes AT LOGGERHEADS 1775 Amer. dial.
CONFLICT etc. – NOUNS
– a conflict, a problem DEAL 1990s US students’ sl.
– a conflict, fight, competition; a painful struggle, esp. a psychological one AGON 1649
– a conflict, quarrel, or disagreement TANGLE Bk2002 Aust. sl.
– a conflict, struggle, scuffle, or fray; the commotion caused by this BUSTLE 1579 obs.
– a final conflict on a great scale ARMAGEDDON 1811
– an armed conflict, a battle SHOWER a1375 obs.
– a sudden conflict between persons BOILOVER 20C Aust. sl.
– a sudden conflict or excitement BOIL-UP 20C Aust. sl.
– a vigorous conflict or struggle BUCKLE 1845
– conflict, opposition, antagonism, contrariety OPPUGNANCY 1606
– conflict or strong disagreement between parties, esp. when attempting to bring about change BUTTING OF HEADS 1895
– conflict, physical strife, fight, struggle DEBATE a1500 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– conflict, strife, contention, quarrelling, wrangling, altercation BICKERMENT 1682
– the policy of carrying on a conflict to the bitter end, or until a conclusive victory has been gained or all one’s aims achieved; advocacy of or support for such a policy JUSQU’AUBOUTISME 1917
CONFLICT etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who advocates carrying on a conflict to the bitter end, or until a conclusive victory has been gained or all of one’s aims achieved JUSQU’AUBOUTISTE 1916
CONFLICT etc. – VERBS
– to come into conflict, to argue, to come to blows, to fight FALL TO LOGGERHEADS 1828 Amer. dial.; GO TO LOGGERHEADS 1755 Amer. dial.
– to come into conflict, to clash JAR 1621
– to come into conflict, to disagree, to fight; to engage in an argument or quarrel with another LOCK HORNS 1836 Amer. dial.
– to conflict, quarrel, or argue with TANGLE WITH Bk2002 Aust. sl.
– to engage with each other in conflict, dispute, or competition BUTT HEADS 1714
CONFORM, CONFORMABLE, CONFORMING, CONFORMIST – ADJECTIVES
– conformable, corresponding to or with QUADRATE a1657 obs.
– conformable to FASHIONABLE 1657 obs.
– conformable to established order or rule; regular ORDERLY 1581 obs.
– conformable to order or rule; regular; orderly, methodical ORDINARY 1529 obs.
– conformable to order, rule, or custom; regular, ordinary, orderly ORDINAL c1380 obs.
– conforming, holding establishment, conservative values BUTTON-DOWN 1950s sl., orig. US
– conforming to or with; agreeing, consonant, conforming to or with QUADRANT 1536 obs.
CONFORM etc. – NOUNS
– pressure to conform with accepted standards CLOBBERING MACHINE 20C NZ colloq.
CONFORM etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a conformist SQUARE 1950s Amer. sl.
– a conformist SQUIRREL 1950s Amer. sl.
– a conformist; a conventional person BABBITT 1923 Amer. sl.
– a conformist; a stereotypical member of the working-class WACKIE; WACKY 1982 UK teen sl.
– a person who conforms to all; one who assumes all forms or fashions OMNIFORMIST 1683 obs.
– a super-conformist, conventionally attractive woman BARBIE; BARBIE DOLL 1966
– collectively, people who do not, or will not, conform; a notional grouping of people who are ‘difficult’; a set of people who tend to behave in an obstructive way or who express opposition or dissent AWKWARD SQUAD 1796 Brit.
CONFORM etc. – VERBS
– to conform to HEW L19 N. Amer.
– to conform with; to agree, to correspond QUADRATE 1610
– to conform to, to comply with the conditions of SUE a1300 obs.
– to conform rigorously to a prescribed standard; to behave oneself; to obey implicitly WALK THE CHALK 1845 Amer. dial.; WALK THE CHALK LINE 1851 Amer. dial.; WALK THE CHALK MARK 1905 Amer. dial.
CONFOUND, CONFOUNDED, CONFOUNDEDLY – ADJECTIVES
– confounded BLAMED 1840
– confounded UP A STUMP Bk1904 sl.
– confounded, abashed ABASIT 1845 Sc.
– confounded, bamboozled CHAWSWIZZLED 1905 Amer. dial.
– confounded, bewildered BEWHIVERED; BEWIVERED 1790 Eng. dial.
– confounded, bewildered, stupefied BEDAFTED Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– confounded, bewildered, stupefied, surprised; in a distressed and confused state of mind BETWATTLED 1790 Eng. dial.
– confounded, damned DAXED Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– confounded, damned DIZZY 1970 Amer. dial.
– confounded, dashed DAGONED 1889 Sc.
– confounded or confused OBFUSTICATED 1834 Amer. sl.
– confounded, overcome by surprise BLUTTERBUNGED 1890 Eng. dial.
– confounded, puzzled DUMBFOOZLED 1825
– utterly confounded; bewildered, amazed, astonished BEWHAPPED c1320 obs.
CONFOUND etc. – ADVERBS
– confoundedly, detestably INFERNAL 1638
– confoundedly, detestably INFERNALLY 1638
– confoundedly, excessively BLAMED 1845
CONFOUND etc. – NOUNS
– an attempt to confound or puzzle STUMP Bk1904 sl.
CONFOUND etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who confounds, bewilders, defeats effort, or foils purposes BAFFLER 1677
CONFOUND etc. – PHRASES
– you confound me YOU PALL ME M19 sl.
CONFOUND etc. – VERBS
– to be confounded ABAVE 1303 obs.
– to be confounded or astonished BE STUCK IN A DAR Bk1900 Eng. dial. obs.
– to confound BOMBASS Bk1911 Sc.
– to confound BOMBAZE Bk1911 Sc.
– to confound an opponent, esp. in an argument UPEND Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to confound one BEAT ONE’S TIME 1869 Amer. sl.
– to confound or get the better of in an argument; to quiz; to bamboozle, to outsmart; to perplex TAIGLE 1874 Sc.
– to confound or stump someone; to fool BLIND 1916 Amer. college sl.
– to confound or stupefy BEDAFF 19C Eng. dial.
– to confound or stupefy one, by talking so rapidly that one cannot understand what is said DABBER 1825 Sc.
– to confound or stupefy with talk DABBLE Bk1900 Sc.
– to confound, to alter, to change WRIXLE c1400 obs.
– to confound, to amaze, to bewilder, to perplex, to bamboozle; to look aghast, confounded, stupefied BUMBAZE 1725 chiefly Sc.
– to confound, to astonish ABOB c1330 obs. rare
– to confound, to astonish AGAST M19 sl.
– to confound, to blur; to make fuzzy, indistinct, or confused FUZZ 1907
– to confound, to challenge, to defy, to puzzle STUMP 1837 sl.
– to confound, to confuse BEAT SOMEONE’S TIME M19 US sl.
– to confound, to confuse GRAVEL 20C
– to confound, to confuse MOMMUX 1867 Amer. sl.
– to confound, to confuse MOMMUX UP 1913 Amer. sl.
– to confound; to confuse; to defeat; to take advantage of; to overcome easily PLAY HORSE WITH 1900 US sl.
– to confound, to confuse; to strike dumb; to nonplus DUMBFOUND; DUMBFOUNDER; DUMFOUND 1710
– to confound, to embarrass; to cause to flounder FLOUNDER 1654 obs.
– to confound, to flabbergast; to astonish greatly FLABBERDEGASKY 1822 obs. nonce word
– to confound, to frighten, to scare; to scold, to upbraid; also, to punish by blows, to beat, to thrash soundly HAZE 1678 Eng. dial.
– to confound, to make game of, to make a fool of, to mock, to befool DOR 1570 obs.
– to confound, to perplex, to astonish PUT THE STUNNERS ON Bk1904 sl.
– to confound, to put to shame, to abash DASH 1570
– to confound, to puzzle FLOOR 1830 UK sl.
– to confound, to puzzle, to mystify DUNCE UPON 1611 obs.
– to confound, to ruin utterly TO-SPILL a1300 obs.
– to confound, to stupefy BEDUNDER 19C Sc.
– to confound utterly, to bewilder, to amaze BEWHAPE c1320 obs.
– to confound utterly, to terrify, to stupefy with fear AWHAPE c1300 obs.
– to confound with fear or amazement; to stun, astonish, astound, bewilder; to terrify ASTONY 1340 arch.
– to deal with in such a way as to confound or overcome completely; to astonish, to mystify, to surprise SPIFLICATE 1785 colloq.
CONFRONT, CONFRONTATION, CONFRONTATIONAL – ADJECTIVES
– confrontational; aggressively challenging; defiant; disrespectful; disdainful; provocative; unashamed IN-YOUR-FACE 1978 Amer. sl.
CONFRONT etc. – NOUNS
– a bitter confrontation or contest SMACKDOWN 1990 colloq., orig. & chiefly US
– a clash, fight, or confrontation; an argument or quarrel RUN-IN 1894 colloq.
– a confrontational manner ADDITOOD 1990s UK sl.
– a confrontation, esp. one before action FACE-OFF 1896 Amer. sl.
– a confrontation or argument GO-AROUND M20 colloq.
CONFRONT etc. – PHRASES
– in a confrontational manner; used of one who forces their attentions on another IN SOMEONE’S BUSINESS 1950s sl., orig. US
– in a confrontational manner; used of one who forces their attentions on another IN SOMEONE’S FACE 1950s sl., orig. African-American
CONFRONT etc. – VERBS
– to approach someone in a confrontational manner TACK UP 2000s US prison sl.
– to back down from a confrontation; to run away from danger BONE OUT 1993 US sl.
– to confront DARE UP TO 1986 Amer. dial.
– to confront, challenge, or defeat someone formidable or intimidating on his or her own ground BEARD THE LION IN HIS DEN 1749
– to confront directly MEET IN THE FACE c1430
– to confront, face, or oppose, esp. in an impudent or insolent manner NOSE 1632 obs.
– to confront face-to-face GET UP IN SOMEONE’S FACE 1990s sl., orig. African-American
– to confront someone; to disparage or ridicule BASE 1970 African-American
– to confront, to attack TAKE 1920s sl.
– to confront, to face boldly, to oppose FRONT L16 arch.
– to confront, to provoke GET IN SOMEONE’S FACE 1950s sl.
– to confront with objections or hard questions; to examine, to interrogate, to question OPPOSE c1386 obs.