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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.

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He told Gordon: "You are a professional con man. Time has finally caught up with you, again."
I encourage anyone who comes in contact with someone they suspect of being a travelling con man to contact the Consumers Affairs national hotline on 1300 133 408 immediately, Mr O Brien said.
By this time the penny had dropped, and after Setting the con man sleep it off, I ordered him out of the house, telling him I knew who he was and that I was no West Side rich liberal fool.
Detective Inspector Mark Cleland, of British Transport Police, who appeared on the BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow programme to make an appeal for the public's help to find the con man, said: "He then got into a silver 'people carrier', which may have been a taxi, and has never been seen since."
Ron Thomas foiled a con man who asked for his bank details over the phone by ringing trading standards Picture: HADYN IBALL
The book 419 Scam: Exploits of the Nigerian Con Man is about one of the most ubiquitous cons of our time.
Roy (Nicolas Cage) is a most unlikely con man - an obsessive, chain-smoking agoraphobe with various nervous tics.
Jake Vig (Burns) is a master con man who knows every trick in the book.
Wallace was an ardent disciple of Nicholas Roerich, described by Harvard historian Arthur Schlesinger as a "Russian emigre, painter, theosophist and con man." Roerich posed as a great guru and diplomat, and Wallace used Agriculture Department funds to pay for Roerich's travels to Tibet and throughout Asia, supposedly as an agricultural consultant.
Online auctions are also a con man's vision of paradise.
You can't con me, I'm a fuckin' con man. Whether it's watching bands or playing our show or going to the supermarket kids come up to me and say, "Man we're a band and we're never going to sign with a major label 'cause of what you guys did." If kids come up to me and Say that, then you know you're doing something cool.
Post Mortem Channel 5, 8pm The real-life cases of a con man who assumed his business partner's identity and then drowned him to make it look like a boating accident, and a woman who laced her cooking with poison in an attempt to kill her partner.