from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Money made dishonestly, as in a swindle.
- n. A swindle or confidence game.
- intransitive v. To engage in swindling or cheating.
- transitive v. To obtain by swindling or cheating.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a confidence game or swindle.
- v. To obtain illegally, as by con game.
- v. To obtain money illegally.
'' 'Confidence games' '' (also known as "grift") are [[criminal]] enterprises in which the
He lent a certain grace to his grift, even value to whatever he grabbed.
This is the lady who keeps losing elections and who has set up a PAC as a grift operation to pay her rent?
He dissolves into roles, from game-show host Chuck Barris (2002's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) to a sex addict who feigns choking to grift restaurants (2008's Choke).
Jump cut to a couple of decades later, when a post-nose-job Danny is still working that grift on unsuspecting girls 20 years his junior.
Daunting Latinate terms like "consubstantial" are tools in the grift.
October 9, 2009 11: 00 AM ah grift, the alternate universe thing, awesome.
In this sense, the imminent healthcare bill appears to be little more than an elaborate grift -- or as Dave Lindorff colorfully refers to it, "rip-offs, screwjobs, and flim-flam."
And we ended stirringly by requesting, insisting, demanding that this escrow grift cease immediately.
The reason Issa wants to do that is because he wants to add another layer of lobbyist exposure and internal favor trading, so that he and his colleagues can work a little additional grift for the benefit of their campaign warchests.