I know that we can say about an illusion that it' "playing on your mind". Could we describe a con artist as someone who is playing on your confidence?

  • I may be wrong, but I was under the impression that the idiom contained the word "tricks", as in "my mind's playing tricks on me". (There's a chance you are mixing it up with "preying on your mind**, which has a different meaning.) Therefore, I don't think "playing on your confidence" is idiomatic. However, in context it would probably be understood.
    – SteveES
    Apr 20 '17 at 15:00


Con man is a short version of confidence man, or, one who plays confidence schemes.

In other words, they play [a trick/scam/scheme] based on someone's confidence.

  • He wasn't asking about the derivation of "con man", and a yes/no answer doesn't really help anyone else. And it's hard to take your answer seriously when it contains multiple grammatical errors.
    – stangdon
    Apr 19 '17 at 21:00
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    @stangdon Sometimes, the simplest answer is correct. And this answer is 100% correct.. As for the 'grammatical errors' just point them out so they can be fixed. That's better for everyone. Such downvotes don't help anyone.
    – Johns-305
    Apr 19 '17 at 21:02
  • @stangdon Yes, that's what I'm after.
    – Probably
    Apr 20 '17 at 13:33

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