conning people into buying a book to prepare for an "Ebola apocalypse" is not just irresponsible, it's pathetic.
Where the wooden gate now stands, there was a small work called the conning Gate.
There was one flashing glimpse of conning tower, smashed plates.
A voice, echoing up out of the conning tower, made him jump.
But this was while conning, in cold weather, the classic tale of Troilus and Cressid.
I opened the conning tower hatch and let the fresh air rush against me.
To the amazement of all he led the way to the conning tower.
One of the men, reaching forward, touched a button, and the signal could be heard in the conning tower.
However, Reed was conning the lesson steadily, learning it by slow degrees.
"Nothing at all," replied the professor with a smile, as he stepped out of the conning tower and entered the engine-room.
"negation" (mainly in pro and con), 1570s, short for Latin contra "against" (see contra).
"study," early 15c., from Old English cunnan "to know, know how" (see can (v.1)).
a slang or colloquial shortening of various nouns beginning in con-, e.g., from the 19th century, confidant, conundrum, conformist, convict, contract, and from the 20th century, conductor, conservative.
"swindling," 1889, American English, from confidence man (1849), from the many scams in which the victim is induced to hand over money as a token of confidence. Confidence with a sense of "assurance based on insufficient grounds" dates from 1590s.
"to guide ships," 1620s, from French conduire "to conduct, lead, guide" (10c.), from Latin conducere (see conduce). Related: Conned; conning.
"to swindle," 1896, from con (adj.). Related: Conned; conning.
A convict or former convict; prison inmate: You're a ''con,'' you've no rights (1893+)