illywhacker

/ˈɪliwækə / (say 'ileewakuh)

noun
a confidence man; trickster.
Also, illywacker. {obsolete British thieves' slang whack the illy to perform a confidence trick; ? from eelie, from eelerspee, back slang from spieler}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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