Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
1. A person who exploits the vulnerability of others for their own sake by manipulating and taking advantage of their confidence (the act of which is known as a confidence trick or game). It is the common abbreviation of the full term, "confidence artist." Be wary of con artists who send emails claiming to be a bank or some other trustworthy establishment: they often ask for your personal bank details to have access to your finances.
2. By extension, a person who is skilled at duplicity, cajolery, or self-serving manipulation or persuasion. John is such a con artist, always convincing others to pay for him on nights out under the pretense that he'll "pay them back later."
1. A man who exploits the vulnerability of others for his own sake by manipulating and taking advantage of their confidence (the act of which is known as a confidence trick or game). It is the common abbreviation of the full term, "confidence man." Be wary of con men who send emails claiming to be a bank or some other trustworthy establishment: they often ask for your personal bank details so as to have access to your finances.
2. By extension, a man who is skilled at duplicity, cajolery, or self-serving manipulation or persuasion. John is such a con man, always convincing others to pay for him on nights out under the pretense that he'll "pay them back later."
con (someone) into (something)
To trick or deceive someone into doing something. I can't believe that guy conned you into loaning him hundreds of dollars. They'll never con me into a bogus business deal!
See also: con
con (someone) out of (something)
To obtain something from someone through deception. I can't believe that shady salesman conned you out of hundreds of dollars. I'm confident that we can con that sweet old lady out of her diamond necklace.
pros and cons
The positive ("pros") and negative ("cons") aspects of something. Any time I have to make a tough decision, I take a moment to consider the pros and cons.
con someone into something
to deceive someone into doing something. The dishonest contractor conned her into buying a new furnace even when her old one was fine. You are just conning yourself into believing your plan will work.
See also: con
con someone out of something
to trick someone out of money or something of value. Anne conned her little sister out of her allowance. Dave conned me out of my autographed baseball.
Also, confidence trick; con game. A swindle in which the victim is defrauded after his or her trust has been won. For example, The police warned of a confidence game in which people were asked to turn over valuables for a so-called appraisal , or The typical confidence trick is easy to spot if you know what to look for, or I almost let myself be taken in by her con game-she seemed so sincere. These terms, which use confidence in the sense of "trust," date from the mid-1800s. They also gave rise to confidence man (or con man) for the swindler.
pros and cons
Arguments or considerations for and against something, as in We'd best weigh all the pros and cons before we decide to add a new wing to the library. This idiom is taken from the Latin pro for "for" and con for "against." [Late 1500s]
1. n. a convict. Is that guy in the gray pajamas one of the escaped cons?
2. n. a confidence scheme. They pulled a real con on the old lady.
3. tv. to swindle or deceive someone. Don’t try to con me. I know the score.
n. an act of deception. This is not an annual report! It’s a con job!
con manand con artist
n. someone who makes a living by swindling people. Gary is a con artist, but at least he’s not on the dole. I was taken by a real con man!
See con man
put a con on someone
tv. to attempt to deceive someone; to attempt to swindle someone. (Underworld.) Don’t try to put a con on me, Buster! I’ve been around too long.