Murphy gameMurphy game
a confidence game in which the victim pays the swindler (Murphy Man) for something, as the services of a prostitute, which the swindler promises but the victim never receives
Origin of Murphy gameuncertain or unknown; perhaps after a 19th-c. confidence man of that name
Any of various confidence games in which a prostitute lures a prospective client into a situation where he can be robbed by an accomplice.
(plural Murphy games)
- Any of several confidence tricks in which something worthless is substituted for something of value, often in a sealed envelope