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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.

    Flashman's Lady

  • He spoke in the dialect of the pick-purse and magsman.

    Half A Chance

  • He knows every rook and welsher and every swell magsman, and all their haunts and habits.

    Half A Chance

  • "As true as that you are the greatest magsman on the earth, he told me so."

    Mysteries of Paris, V3

  • ‘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.

    Reprinted Pieces


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