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[grif-ter] /ˈgrɪf tər/

noun, Slang.
a person who operates a side show at a circus, fair, etc., especially a gambling attraction.
a swindler, dishonest gambler, or the like.

“confidence trickster,” 1906, carnival and circus slang, probably an alteration of grafter (see graft (n.2); also cf. grift). Gradually extended to “any non-violent criminal.”



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