against a proposition, opinion, etc.: arguments pro and con.
the argument, position, arguer, or voter against something: The pros of the library project are obvious, but we have to consider the cons as well.
- Compare pro1.
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to swindle; trick: That crook conned me out of all my savings.
to persuade by deception, cajolery, etc.: Don't worry, I can always con my dad into letting me use his car.
a confidence game or swindle: By the time my uncle realized she was playing a con on him, she had already left town with his rare coin collection.
a lie, exaggeration, or glib self-serving talk: He had a dozen different cons for getting out of paying traffic tickets.
relating to or involving abuse of confidence: a slick con man;a con trick.
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a convict: Her brother's a con up in Elmira.
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a convention, especially one for fans of a particular type of popular culture: sci-fi, gaming, and anime cons.
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to learn; study; peruse or examine carefully: She's been conning her grandfather's medical diaries for months.
to commit to memory: I have conned the state capitals in alphabetical order, from Albany to Trenton.
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to direct the steering of (a ship): conning the freighter into port.
the station of the person who cons: You will assume the con, ensign.
the act of conning: Storms from the northeast made for a difficult con.
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to strike, hit, or rap (something or someone): We think he was conned with a cricket bat.
to hammer (a nail or peg): Who knew conning tacks into the new carpet would take so long?
to beat or thrash (a person) with the hands or a weapon: He conned the poor guy in the pub for no apparent reason.
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How to use con in a sentence
But almost to the man, the first thing every ex-con tells me is how hard it is to find work.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside | Justin Rohrlich | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting the Archer panel at New York Comic-con.‘Archer’ Season 6 Preview: Cast and Crew on Rebranding and Dropping ISIS | Marlow Stern | October 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Ultron is the uber-villain; he is all the knowledge that is or ever was,” Spader told us at Comic-con.‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’s’ Kickass Trailer Leaks, Features Iron Man’s Hulkbuster Armor and Ultron | Marlow Stern | October 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“We have undercover security,” says Vincent Zurzolo, the suave man in the blue suit in booth 2630 of New York Comic con.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con | Sujay Kumar | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If you were to have undercover security, Comic con is the perfect site.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con | Sujay Kumar | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Chaplet”—a wreath or garland signed for by him in his ambitious hopes—expresses his birth-date by con.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Mister Public is further deceived in believing that the 'con man' who has a pitch nearby is connected with the enterprise.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
There was a large collection of ladies, amongst whom were two of the most celebrated in the capital—Seora Maria con.The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Volume II (of 3) | Elliott Coues
Capella is lo-cat-ed in the con-stell-a-tion which you call Auriga.Jubilation, U.S.A. | G. L. Vandenburg
con them over a few times, and they will turn into letters of light.
British Dictionary definitions for con (1 of 8)
short for confidence trick
(as modifier): con man
(tr) to swindle or defraud
British Dictionary definitions for con (2 of 8)
an argument or vote against a proposal, motion, etc
a person who argues or votes against a proposal, motion, etc
British Dictionary definitions for con (3 of 8)
slang short for convict
British Dictionary definitions for con (4 of 8)
(tr) to direct the steering of (a vessel)
the place where a person who cons a vessel is stationed
British Dictionary definitions for con (5 of 8)
(tr) archaic to study attentively or learn (esp in the phrase con by rote)
British Dictionary definitions for con (6 of 8)
British Dictionary definitions for con- (7 of 8)
a variant of com-
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