verb (cons, conning, conned)[with object]
- 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.
- 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.
Late 19th century (originally US): abbreviation of confidence, as in confidence trick.
- 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.
Late 16th century: from Latin contra 'against'.
- 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.
Late 19th century: abbreviation.
verb (cons, conning, conned)[with object] archaic
- "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.
Middle English cunne, conne, con, variants of can1.
- 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.
- 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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