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Con

A prefix meaning with or together. A slang abbreviation for confidence, as in con man or con game. To con someone is to deceive or take advantage of a person through Fraud or trickery after winning the person's confidence. Con is also used as a slang abbreviation for convict, as in ex-con to mean someone previously incarcerated. An abbreviation for contra, which means against. To show the pros and cons of a particular issue means to present arguments or evidence on both sides.

See: contra, deception, peruse, read
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Yet there he sat, patiently conning the page again and again, stimulated by no boyish ambition, for he was the common jest and scoff even of the uncouth objects that congregated about him, but inspired by the one eager desire to please his solitary friend.
She had sat up of nights conning lessons and spelling over crabbed grammars and geography books in order to teach them to Georgy.
At last, she lighted the lamp and lay staring at the ceiling, wide-eyed, conning over and over the details of the disaster that had overwhelmed her.
Then began the hum of conning over lessons and getting them by heart, the whispered jest and stealthy game, and all the noise and drawl of school; and in the midst of the din sat the poor schoolmaster, the very image of meekness and simplicity, vainly attempting to fix his mind upon the duties of the day, and to forget his little friend.
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) plans have reinvented themselves as a significant force in the health insurance world, turning them from a once-perceived public utility into a formidable competitor with national commercial insurers, according to a new study by Conning Research & Consulting.
A decade's worth of demutualization in the life insurance industry has actually changed very little other than the companies' organizational structure, according to a new study by Conning Research & Consulting, Inc.
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However, focus on new customer acquisition strategies and help from a revitalized economy may create a market rebound for annuity products, according to a new study from Conning & Company.
After analyzing the results of some PC insurers' CRM efforts, a new study from Conning & Company has determined three things: one size does not fit all, CRM software solves nothing unless the insurer's culture and business model are supportive, and CRM implementation must include thorough employee education.