Definitions

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  • n. A cheat or sharper; a deceiver.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cheat; a sharper; a deceiver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who catches or takes in dupes; a cheat; a sharper; a swindler.

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Examples

  • Then he let the cony-catcher go and returned home, drunken with chagrin and concern as with wine.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • So the cony-catcher went up to the ass and, loosing it from the halter, gave the beast to his fellow; then he haltered his own head and followed Tom Fool till he knew the other had got clean off with the ass, when he stood still.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • "Marry, thou hast me on the hip there, thou old miserly cony-catcher!" answered the captain, taking a bale of dice from the sleeve of his coat; "I must always keep company with these damnable doctors, and they have made me every baby's cully, and purged my purse into an atrophy; but never mind, it passes the time as well as aught else -- How say you, Master Grahame?"

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • “Marry, thou hast me on the hip there, thou old miserly cony-catcher!” answered the captain, taking a bale of dice from the sleeve of his coat; “I must always keep company with these damnable doctors, and they have made me every baby’s cully, and purged my purse into an atrophy; but never mind, it passes the time as well as aught else — How say you, Master Grahame?”

    The Fortunes of Nigel

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