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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
con
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
con artist
con trick
conning tower
mod cons
▪ a property with all mod cons
weighing up the pros and cons (=the advantages and disadvantages)
▪ We’re still weighing up the pros and cons of the two options.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
way
▪ Roy Grimshaw, 43, allegedly conned his way into the job using false references.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
all mod cons
▪ I have all mod cons and Mrs B. All I have to do is relax.
▪ Peugeot and Citroen countered that by providing diesel models decked out with all mod cons.
▪ The little Peugeot has all mod cons with power steering and an air bag.
▪ The property has many interesting features and all mod cons.
con merchant/speed merchant etc
pros and cons
▪ After listening to the pros and cons, Eisenhower gave him permission to go ahead.
▪ Again, two subgroups were formed to meet and discuss the pros and cons of the various structural alternatives.
▪ Each has its pros and cons.
▪ Here are a few candidates with the pros and cons of each.
▪ Such issues must be considered thoroughly and carefully; every scheme has its pros and cons.
▪ The pros and cons of taking disulfiram are weighed.
▪ The focus of the drama shifts to discovering the dangers, and weighing up pros and cons of using the magic carpet.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A man pretending to be a faith healer has conned around £20,000 out of desperate sick people.
▪ By the time she realized she had been conned, she had lost more than $3000.
▪ He was trying to con me, and I knew it.
▪ She conned me out of $50.
▪ She was too embarrassed to admit that they had conned her into buying 100 acres of worthless land.
▪ The old lady was conned out of her life savings by a crooked insurance dealer.
▪ They conned the school district into buying the property.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But he tricked them out of the deeds, then conned them out of £85,000 to buy a Bentley.
▪ If something is popular then people are being conned.
▪ Most of the major services have received numerous complaints from users who have been conned into purchasing illegal software.
▪ Roy Grimshaw, 43, allegedly conned his way into the job using false references.
▪ The criminals conned victims into believing that they could earn money inspecting businesses for compliance with the law.
▪ Yesterday, a woman claimed the same charity had conned her out of more than three hundred pounds.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
mod
▪ The little Peugeot has all mod cons with power steering and an air bag.
▪ All mod cons, including stereo, video, fax and voicemail.
▪ Peugeot and Citroen countered that by providing diesel models decked out with all mod cons.
▪ It provides every mod con for high-tech tenants: built-in computer networking and high-speed internet access.
▪ I have all mod cons and Mrs B. All I have to do is relax.
▪ Plus, all mod cons: The country life ... Forties-style.
▪ The property has many interesting features and all mod cons.
■ NOUN
artist
▪ Recent weeks have seen it ride roughshod over ostrich breeders, society con artists, champagne fraudsters and the occasional fallen tycoon.
▪ These people-part actor, part con artist-are paid to create what we used to trust as word-of-mouth.
▪ La Tour was a master of light whose subjects ranged from con artists to saints.
▪ Thorn is determined to prove that Bilko is not just a con artist but a crook.
▪ Hayes is part-time con artist, part-time investigator.
▪ Mel Stewart brings an appealing believability to the role of veteran con artist Blue.
▪ Woodstock police warn that a group of door-to-door con artists were last seen...
carne
▪ Dinner Chilli con carne with brown rice, fresh green salad, fat-free yoghurt.
▪ He can't even taste the chili con carne she has waiting for him.
man
▪ He's one of the biggest con men in politics, and that's saying something.
▪ No one to care about, which is what makes him free enough to be a good con man.
▪ The screenplay focuses on the incongruous and interdependent friendship between a dimwitted stud and a petty con man.
▪ Now we have a better understanding of why con men like to target little old ladies.
▪ Attorney Randall D.. Eliason said Brown was nothing but a con man.
▪ A suspected con man is said to keep an AK-47 in the safe by his bed.
▪ Ice-the street-tough con man.
▪ News of his powers attracts con men, fanatics and hustlers to his ministry.
trick
▪ This is a wicked of police corruption, media con tricks and celebrity scandals.
■ VERB
discuss
▪ Drugs are one option, and you should discuss the pros and cons of these with your doctor.
▪ Again, two subgroups were formed to meet and discuss the pros and cons of the various structural alternatives.
▪ In the text, we discuss the pros and cons of the Tiebout principle itself.
▪ At first he assumed that he had dreamed of discussing the pros and cons of murdering Ivor Newley with Dougal.
weigh
▪ The focus of the drama shifts to discovering the dangers, and weighing up pros and cons of using the magic carpet.
▪ Perhaps, although we carefully weighed the pros and cons.
▪ Rab weighed the cons and heard the rats.
▪ During the past few months, we have again weighed upthe pros and cons of reapplying now, or waiting for the time being.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A lot of people gave money to the charity collectors, not realising it was a con.
▪ Newman and Redford play a couple of guys working an elaborate con.
▪ She wanted me to visit a fortune-teller but I thought it was all a big con trick.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Here are a few candidates with the pros and cons of each.
▪ However, Kurtz is not heavy-handed, laying out the pros and cons of talk culled from years of exhaustive reporting.
▪ No one to care about, which is what makes him free enough to be a good con man.
▪ Recent weeks have seen it ride roughshod over ostrich breeders, society con artists, champagne fraudsters and the occasional fallen tycoon.
▪ The focus of the drama shifts to discovering the dangers, and weighing up pros and cons of using the magic carpet.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Con

Con \Con\, adv. [Abbrev. from L. contra against.] Against the affirmative side; in opposition; on the negative side; -- The antithesis of pro, and usually in connection with it. See Pro.

Con

Con \Con\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Conned; p. pr. & vb. n. Conning.] [AS. cunnan to know, be able, and (derived from this) cunnian to try, test. See Can, v. t. & i.]

  1. To know; to understand; to acknowledge. [Obs.]

    Of muses, Hobbinol, I con no skill.
    --Spenser.

    They say they con to heaven the highway.
    --Spenser.

  2. To study in order to know; to peruse; to learn; to commit to memory; to regard studiously.

    Fixedly did look Upon the muddy waters which he conned As if he had been reading in a book.
    --Wordsworth.

    I did not come into Parliament to con my lesson.
    --Burke.

    To con answer, to be able to answer. [Obs.]

    To con thanks, to thank; to acknowledge obligation. [Obs.]
    --Shak.

Con

Con \Con\, v. t. [See Cond.] (Naut.) To conduct, or superintend the steering of (a vessel); to watch the course of (a vessel) and direct the helmsman how to steer.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
con

"negation" (mainly in pro and con), 1570s, short for Latin contra "against" (see contra).

con

"study," early 15c., from Old English cunnan "to know, know how" (see can (v.1)).

con

"swindling," 1889, American English, from confidence man (1849), from the many scams in which the victim is induced to hand over money as a token of confidence. Confidence with a sense of "assurance based on insufficient grounds" dates from 1590s.

con

a slang or colloquial shortening of various nouns beginning in con-, such as, from the 19th century, confidant, conundrum, conformist, convict, contract, and from the 20th century, conductor, conservative.

con

"to guide ships," 1620s, from French conduire "to conduct, lead, guide" (10c.), from Latin conducere (see conduce). Related: Conned; conning.

con

"to swindle," 1896, from con (adj.). Related: Conned; conning.

Wiktionary
con

init. Certificate of Need.

WordNet
con
  1. n. an argument opposed to a proposal [ant: pro]

  2. a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison [syn: convict, inmate, jailbird, gaolbird]

  3. a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property [syn: bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, confidence trick, confidence game, con game, gyp, hustle, sting, flimflam]

  4. [also: conning, conned]

con
  1. adv. on the negative side; "much was written pro and con" [syn: in opposition] [ant: pro]

  2. [also: conning, conned]

con
  1. v. deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change" [syn: victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick, nobble, diddle, bunco, defraud, scam, mulct, gyp]

  2. commit to memory; learn by heart; "Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?" [syn: memorize, memorise, learn]

  3. [also: conning, conned]

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Con

Con may refer to:

  • Confidence trick, also known as con, scam, or flim flam
    • Con (TV series), a television show about confidence trickery
  • Con (name)
  • Conn (nautical), also spelled con, the command of movement of a ship at sea
  • Consider (MUD), the ability to evaluate an opponent in MUDs
  • Consolidated Edison, also Con Edison
  • Contact lens, in Hong Kong English
  • Contra as in the original Latin phrase of pros and conspro et contra
  • Convention (meeting)
    • Fan convention, e.g. "Comic-Con"
  • Convict, as in ex-con, a person who has been convicted of a crime
    • Convicted felon, a person who has been convicted of a felony crime in a court of law
  • In Italian musical terms used in English, it means "with" (con means "with" in both Italian and Spanish as the word derives from Latin)

CON may refer to:

  • Certificate of Need
  • Commander of the Order of the Niger
  • Commonwealth of Nations, an association of primarily former British colonies
  • Concord Municipal Airport, a public-use airport in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States by IATA airport code
  • Continental Oil, via its ICAO airline designator
  • Cornwall, England, via its Chapman code
  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja, a 3-D cel-shaded fighting game
  • '' The Chronicles of Narnia', a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by C. S. Lewis
Con (TV series)

Con is a television series on Comedy Central in which con artist Skyler Stone revealed the secrets of his profession by performing confidence tricks, scams, and hoaxes of various degrees of complexity on camera. These could range from simply claiming that an order for food was botched, to claiming to be a certain profession, which required training (received through cons). In one episode Stone showed how he received free soft drinks at fast food restaurants by retaining paper cups from various fast food restaurants and then refilling them at soda fountains. Most of his cons revolved around him claiming that he is filming a television show or movie of some sort, and that the product or service he wished to acquire would be advertised in the film or show. The products did wind up getting free advertisement – but on Con, not where they were told.

Con (name)

Con is a short form of the following given names

  • Cornelius
  • Conrad
  • Constantine

Con is also a given name on its own that may refer to

  • Con Conrad (1891–1938), American songwriter and producer
  • Con Colleano (1899–1973), Australian tightrope walker
  • Con Cremin (1908–1987), Irish diplomat
  • Con Lehane (Irish republican) (1911-1983), Irish nationalist
  • Con O'Neill (diplomat) (1912–1988), British civil servant and diplomat
  • Con Houlihan (1925–2012), Irish sportswriter
  • Con Constantine (born 1945), Cypriot-Australian businessman
  • Con Coughlin, (born 1955), British journalist and author
  • Con Boutsianis (born 1971), Australian football player
  • Con Blatsis (born 1977), Greek-Australian football player
  • Con Sullivan, New Zealand rugby player
  • Con Kolivas, Australian anaesthetist

Con is also a surname of the following people

  • Mac Con, a High King of Ireland
  • Marin Con (born 1985), Croatian footballer

Usage examples of "con".

I know conning a Seawolf-class special project submarine is an intimidating order, but Alameda and I will be up there with you.

Siccio, quel fedelissimo ed amoroso servo che lo aveva raccolto bambino, salvato e nutrito con tanto affetto, era morto ed avea, pria di morire, trasmesso al cardinale F.

Vincenzo di Paola, ricordiamo ancora che un servo di casa, Siccio, aveva introdotto quel furfante di Don Ignazio con tale piglio che abbiamo creduto necessario doverlo notare.

Giunsi finalmente al termine, non del sotterraneo ma del mio filo e con mio dispiacere riscontrai che non avevo nella mia impresa scoperto altro che la terribile solitudine che mi stava ancora davanti.

Le altre donne seguirebbero la marcia e per ultimi i nostri amici con quanti restavano ancora dei difensori del lanificio.

Il primo che venne a me fu il prete, con la carabina nella sinistra, e la destra armata di pugnale.

Con esos brazos vertiginosos de mono y Con la cachiporra hizo rodar a tres, pero le metieron dos balas en el abdomen y lo abandonaron por muerto.

Por no tener con que enbarcarme en la nao en que ba el birrey Ruy Lorenco de Tauora, por auerlo perdido con la nao San Andres, he determinado hirme a Ormuz y de alli, por tierra, con la cafila de los mercaderes benecianos, y peregrinando poco a poco asta Alepo, y de alli a Benencia y otras partes, asta llegar a esa Corte y besar las manos a V.

There had been no bikies in those days, Con had told him, no beards, no helmets, no studded leathers.

The government had viciously attacked him and the bet, calling it a con game meant to bilk the citizens of America.

At dawn next morning the Biter slipped downriver, with Gunning drunk and hardly capable at the con.

Los de a pie que no llevan escopetas tienen lanza, flecha, y honda con su provision de piedras en un bolson como de granaderos.

Io ho veduto greci in Costantinopoli inchiodati per un orecchio alla porta della loro bottega e lo straniero passando sogghignare con disprezzo chiamandoli truffatori e ladri ed eran veramente ladri e truffatori condannati al chiodo per falsificazioni e furti.

Il prete, col volto di bragia, stringeva col braccio destro la fanciulla e con tutta la sua forza cercava di trascinarla avanti, ad onta degli sforzi di lei per non avanzare.

Police bunco files bulge with records of con artists whose methods include the quick change.