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1(fraud)timo masculine informalestafa feminine
- Many cons and scams (throughout the world) depend on the greed and dishonesty of the victim to help the scam along.
- For those who enjoy movies about heists, cons, and double-crosses, this will satisfy.
- Homes in Writtle, Chelmsford, Springfield and Purleigh have been targeted with three cons used to trick elderly householders.
- It does not lend any credibility to the possibility of Jimmy as a con artist.
- The ‘money manager’ is actually a second con artist who is complicit in the scam.
- City of York Trading Standards is often at its busiest in the festive season investigating scams and cons that can spoil many people's Christmas.
- ‘He's a con artist, he's evil, he's a very dangerous man,’ she said.
- So many complaints about the con, which demands a fee for do-it-yourself services, have been made that the town's Trading Standards section has sent out a new warning to all businesses.
- I was turning into a regular con artist these days.
- Too bad they are catering to a con artist's conceit.
- Are you deluding yourself or are you a con artist?
- Rita suspects a beautiful con artist is really behind it.
- A lot of the con artists I've arrested are unbelievably charming.
- This person could therefore be a successful writer - or con artist.
- Black-cab drivers should beware after a serial fare-dodger escaped a prison sentence last week, despite the brazen cons he pulled on trusting cabbies.
- This swindle is commonly known as ‘419 fraud,’ after the section of the Nigerian penal code covering cons.
- At worst, it seemed to be a species of con game - a conviction bolstered by the steadily rising number of frauds, defalcations and market manipulations.
- Whatever their merits as science, the UK farm-scale trials risk being remembered as a political con.
- Dean's behaviour is just the latest example of the big con many major party politicians engage in.
- I've obviously become rather cynical over time, but then when it comes to card tricks, my first thought these days is to look for the con.
transitive verb conning, conned, conned
1(deceive) timar informal(deceive) estafar(sweet-talk) engatusar(sweet-talk) embaucar(sweet-talk) camelar informalto con sb into/out of sth
- He is charged with sending spam emails which conned people into believing that they had won millions of dollars in overseas lotteries, or inheritance, or through a business opportunity.
- It works the first time, causing the person being conned to believe that the rest of the notes will be cleaned and thus yield a fortune.
- He managed to con people into believing he was an airline pilot, a lawyer and a doctor.
- Also, the trailers and TV ads are conning us into believing that it's about a talking kangaroo.
- ‘Up is down, and down is up… My feeling is that someone has essentially conned her into believing that she's going to be voting,’ he said.
- Today, she is starting three-and-a-half years behind bars for her latest deceptions, plus six months for trying to con the judge into believing a fish and chip shop was a hospital.
- He couldn't believe that he had let Frankie con him into believing him.
- His exceptional skills at grifting combined with his good looks have allowed him to believe that he can con anybody.
- Governments only need to spend millions of dollars trying to con us into believing that they've done a good job if they haven't.
- They con the girls into believing they are about to make it onto the front page of every magazine.
- According to Jevans, it is hard to know how many people are conned by phishing scams.
- Police believe the man conned his way into the 41-year-old victim's house by offering to do building work.
- Other crimes involve impersonating international police investigators, snatching purses, and gangs conning tourists into the ever-popular ‘black money scam’.
- The Internet giant has taken almost two weeks to respond to allegations of a scam designed to con its users out of £199.
- We allow criminals who have stolen or conned people out of their money to retain their assets even though the property that they have taken has not been recovered.
- Most of these reports were of tourists being conned or swindled.
- What happened is some very smart people got conned by the little office conman, and that's what this kid turns out to be.
- Telephone fraudsters are being foiled in their attempts to con people out of hundreds of pounds.
- Since the beginning of June there have been 39 burglaries in which thieves have conned their way into homes.
- It's certainly totally immoral to con people that they have a psychic connection when there is none.
1informal(objection)contra masculinethe cons outweigh the pros — hay menos pros que contras
- We see no doubt that the Election Commission came to its decision after bearing in mind the pros and cons of the whole situation.
- If one is balanced one can weigh the pros and cons of particular situations more easily.
- Year in and year out the same comments are trotted out as to the pros and cons of the difficulty of the tests.
- It is essential, however, that the pros and cons of the currency are thoroughly examined and the arguments presented to Britain's voters in a clear and unbiased manner.
- There is no real way to predict what any one individual would do in this case, so I think plenty of thought should be given to the pros and cons of the situation.
- Reed weighed the pros and cons of the situation.
- Before launching into the pros and cons of the situation, a little understanding of what constitutes a ‘heart attack’ is in order.
- Headlines tout the pros and cons of stock options in a volatile market.
- In his mind and on paper, he constantly found himself breaking down the pros and cons of continuing his career.
- Besides checking out what's for sale, you can pick up good information on the pros and cons of ownership.
- It's refreshing to hear an artist sing the pros as opposed to crying the cons of piracy on the Net.
- As the Walkers argue in their analysis, it is necessary to consider privatisations on a case-by-case basis, looking at the pros and cons in each instance.
- What are the cons of striving for a drug-free workplace?
- Do you see any potential cons with that kind of set-up?
- Hence the report is biased by the opinion of the author, playing down the cons and talking up the pros.
- The cons are that you won't be able to see the sun, you can't eat food again, you'll be viewed as a monster by some, an angel by others, and some other things.
- The increase in decisional balance pros was expected, but the increase in decisional balance cons was not expected based on previous research.
- In fact, coffee's pros probably outweigh its cons.
- But then I came here too, and though the cons of the decision greatly outnumbered the pros, at least Halloween was again entertaining.
- Of course, the con to this is that people at the lower end of each division frequently do very well.
2(voter)votante en contra masculine, feminine
1(prisoner, convict)preso masculinepresa femininetaleguero masculine Spain slangtaleguera feminine Spain slang
- Too many characters and situations are implausible - you surely wouldn't find such a tame, gentle set of cons in any prison.
- The measure was taken in response to security concerns and is not intended to punish inmates for their fellows cons ' transgressions.
- But when Mr Price approached the TV room he was told he ‘could not go in because there was a con in there and two prison officers’.
- Nice, that is, until four loose criminals with submachine guns burst into the prison, overpowered the guards, and robbed their fellow cons.
- Hungry cons will be able to buy snacks at the prison commissary, or perhaps steal food from the weaker inmates..
- A prison cell, semi-luxuriant, for a deserving con - and I was in it!
- Inmates had their own cells, an improvement over bunking with another con.
- The cons couldn't move, they were handcuffed to a bar in front of the seat.
- But I think he, like many other cons, didn't really play that sexual identity political game.
- There was a sentimental love for an old con, an eager romanticising of gaol and crime and social delinquency.
- If you're an ex con, or your other half is currently in the slammer, there's a place on the internet where you can go and talk to others in your situation.
- It's a scenario that plunges you back into the time of scratchy movies where the cons wore pyjama suits with black arrows on them and Cagney was king; back to the days of the early crime shows like The Naked City and Dragnet.
- Although it ditches the politically-charged setting - instead we are given the softer side of these hard-bitten cons - it is lighter and more amusing.
- This sassy St-Jovite resident has been teaching cons their Ps and Qs for close to nine years now.
- WooJin grinned, he could almost see the shock on the con's face.
- Just a day before salvation comes, a burly, angry con assaults Nick and sticks his shiv into Nick's gizzard.
- At North Sea, cons regularly slip unflattering press cuttings under the door of Archer's cell in a fruitless effort to rile the peer.
- She doesn't even tell us how many cons are daddies.
- In the film they play escaped cons with bad teeth.
transitive verb conning, conned, conned
- "Set in a notebook, learned & conned by rote" From Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.
- We hope to show that a logic-based learning method can be applied to less conned learning tasks.
- Anyone who does know something about it is more likely to have acquired that knowledge in bits by conning books (however carefully) or taking a few workshops on weekends or for a week in the summer.