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informal

verb (cons, conning, conned)

[with object]
  • Persuade (someone) to do or believe something by lying to them: I conned him into giving me your home number she was jailed for conning her aunt out of £500,000
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    • He is charged with sending spam emails which conned people into believing that they had won millions of dollars in overseas lotteries, or inheritance, or through a business opportunity.
    • It works the first time, causing the person being conned to believe that the rest of the notes will be cleaned and thus yield a fortune.
    • He managed to con people into believing he was an airline pilot, a lawyer and a doctor.

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Origin

late 19th century (originally US): abbreviation of confidence, as in confidence trick.

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There are 6 definitions of con in English:

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noun

  • A disadvantage of or argument against something: borrowers have to weigh up the pros and cons of each mortgage offer
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    • We see no doubt that the Election Commission came to its decision after bearing in mind the pros and cons of the whole situation.
    • If one is balanced one can weigh the pros and cons of particular situations more easily.
    • Year in and year out the same comments are trotted out as to the pros and cons of the difficulty of the tests.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin contra 'against'.

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noun

informal
  • A convict: you don’t snitch to the prison authorities on another con
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    • Too many characters and situations are implausible - you surely wouldn't find such a tame, gentle set of cons in any prison.
    • Let all but death row cons and pedophiles join up out of prison for a pardon.
    • The measure was taken in response to security concerns and is not intended to punish inmates for their fellows cons ' transgressions.

Origin

late 19th century: abbreviation.

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verb (cons, conning, conned)

[with object] archaic
  • Study attentively or learn by heart (a piece of writing): the girls conned their pages with a great show of industry
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    • "Set in a notebook, learned & conned by rote" From Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.
    • We hope to show that a logic-based learning method can be applied to less conned learning tasks.
    • Anyone who does know something about it is more likely to have acquired that knowledge in bits by conning books (however carefully) or taking a few workshops on weekends or for a week in the summer.

Origin

Middle English cunne, conne, con, variants of can1.

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noun

informal
  • A convention, especially one for science fiction enthusiasts: an SF con
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    • I waited until the next con and let the convention officials tell him how it would henceforth be.
    • Colin, despite his general enthusiasm for cons, harbors contempt towards what he considers the illiteracy of many fans.
    • The IFilm crew has a bevy of videos shot at the con, including their annual rundown of scantily-clad women.

Origin

1970s: abbreviation.

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(US also conn)
Nautical

verb (cons, conning, conned)

[with object]
  • Direct the steering of (a ship): he hadn’t conned anything bigger than a Boston whaler
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    • Then the lanky, bearded boatswain would take the helm while the captain conned the ship from one bridge wing or the other, with the chief engineer at his elbow
    • Why is the term ‘bridge’ used to signify the place from where a ship is conned?
    • Together they stood in the foretops and conned the ship in through the seething maelstrom of the equatorial current.

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  • The action or post of conning a ship: Mr Cargill, take the con
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    • For example, his combat information center officer and operations officer had the conn through most of the Suez transit.
    • Now, Mr. Morton, you have the conn and I have to get back to SickBay if I'm to be there when my son is born!
    • An announcement came over the intercom: ‘QM1 Grob has the conn.’

Origin

early 17th century: apparently a weakened form of obsolete cond 'conduct, guide', from Old French conduire, from Latin conducere (see conduce).

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