The industry lore is downright jaw-dropping in the details of the cons known as “brick-in-box” returns.
cons: Remembering what happened last time you impulsively embarked on a new fitness venture.
I asked that question of Ricky Jay, that master of sleight of hand and student of cons and con men through the ages.
cons: Once the Internet goes down, you are T-minus 10 minutes from madness.
cons: You have absolutely no idea how awful things are going to be.
Gomez now “cons” Slush the steering, he alone having any knowledge of the coast.
Pros fought with cons, elbowed them, were hustled in return.
cons'kence o' bein' picked up by a ol' German sailin'-'utch an' took to 'Frisco 'fore the mast.
I must have been a bad example to other "cons," for they began to get as tired as myself.
The value of the over-occupation which is produced by the regulating influence of the cons.
"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+)