- [colloquial] (fraud)Example sentences
- Many cons and scams (throughout the world) depend on the greed and dishonesty of the victim to help the scam along.
- For those who enjoy movies about heists, cons, and double-crosses, this will satisfy.
- Homes in Writtle, Chelmsford, Springfield and Purleigh have been targeted with three cons used to trick elderly householders.
transitive verb -nn-
- [colloquial] (deceive) to con somebody
into/ out ofsomethingI didn't want to go: I was conned into ityo no quería ir: me embaucaron or [colloquial] me camelaron para que fueraI was conned into thinking that …me engatusaron haciéndome creer que …he conned the old ladies out of their savingsembaucó a las ancianas y les quitó los ahorroshe conned his way into the house by posing as a doctorconsiguió meterse en la casa haciéndose pasar por médicoExample sentences
- 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.
- 1 [colloquial] (objection) the cons outweigh the proshay menos pros que contrasExample sentences
- 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.
- [colloquial] (prisoner, convict)preso, (-sa) (masculine, feminine)
taleguero, (-ra) (masculine, feminine) (Spain) [slang]Example sentences
- 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.
transitive verb -nn-
- [archaic] (study)Example sentences
- "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.