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con artist

1. A person who exploits the vulnerability of others for his or her 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."
See also: artist, con

con man

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."
See also: con, man

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.
See also: con, of, out

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.
See also: con, of, out

pros and cons

advantages and disadvantages We've been discussing the pros and cons of buying a house.
See also: and, con, pro

the pros and cons

the good and bad parts of a situation, or the reasons why you should or should not do something
Usage notes: This phrase comes from the Latin words 'pro', which means 'for' and 'contra' which means 'against'.
(often + of ) We've been discussing the pros and cons of buying a house.
See also: and, con, pro

confidence game

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.
See also: confidence, game

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]
See also: and, con, pro

con

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.

con job

n. an act of deception. This is not an annual report! It’s a con job!
See also: con, job

con man

and 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 also: con, man

con artist

verb
See also: artist, con

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.
See also: con, on, put
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While Conner and his mum Cheryl followed Bear's adventures, Jacqueline, 52, set to work trying to get hold of a replacement.
The man found legs sticking out from below a nearby caravan and Conner was found with "severe injuries to his head".
Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 360,000 guests of all ages annually.
Mr Foster said that Conner started a company in 2008 but it got into difficulties after a customer failed to pay invoices.
In court filings, he denied the allegations of wrongdoing and denied that there was any duty owned between Conner and the Lawrences.
From May 1997 to October 2001, Conner served as president of the Corn Refiners Association.
That show launched a significant critical reevaluation of Conner and his art that had been started by his inclusion in the Whitney Museum's "Beat Culture and the New America, 1950-1965" exhibition in New York in 1995.
No one apart from Conner had seen what happened but suspicion very quickly fell on him.
We are thrilled to have a person of the caliber of Tom Conner .
Growing up in Mobile, Alabama, Conner was fascinated with nature and the environment.
It's an honor to be thought of and numbered among Utah's top executives and entrepreneurs three years running," said Cheryl Snapp Conner, founder and managing partner of Snapp Conner PR.
Their statement said: "As a family, we take great comfort knowing that Conner was a unique, caring and compassionate young man with a warm, infectious smile complete with a cheeky wink.
Officers said Conner had been staying at the caravan park with friends and the group had spent the evening in a number of bars in the seaside town.
Our vision for Snapp Conner PR is to continue our growth for the very long term as a company with the ability to turn the traditional field of PR on its end," said Cheryl Snapp Conner, founder and managing partner.
Irish-American beauty Tara Conner faces being dethroned by pageant chief Donald Trump.