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- n. A con man who tries to deceive members of the public.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A street swindler who preys on countrymen and simple persons.
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I wondered if perhaps Solomon was some swell magsman trying to diddle the old rascal of a few thou.; some hopes, if he was.
He spoke in the dialect of the pick-purse and magsman.
He knows every rook and welsher and every swell magsman, and all their haunts and habits.
"As true as that you are the greatest magsman on the earth, he told me so."
‘Tally-ho Thompson,’ says Sergeant Witchem, after merely wetting his lips with his brandy-and-water, ‘Tally-ho Thompson was a famous horse-stealer, couper, and magsman.