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grifter (plural grifters)

  1. A con man. Someone who pulls confidence games.
    1939. "We're all grifters. So we sell each other out for a nickel". The Big Sleep. Raymond Chandler
    1958. "That was the train the drunks and the sinners rode—the gambling men and the grifters, the big-time spenders, the skirt-chasers, and all the jolly crew". That Hell-Bound Train. Robert Bloch