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  • v. Present participle of con.
  • v. Present participle of conn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of cunning.
  • n. The act of one who cons or pores over a lesson.
  • n. The act or art of directing a helms-man in steering or piloting a vessel.


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  • Ret-conning is probably inevitable in any type of franchise where there is more than one author/artist.

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  • (The site has now grown to some 20,000 registered members, and Berry estimates that about 10 percent of them are actively engaged in conning the con artists.)

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  • The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, a pious, silly man, who spent his time in conning over the traditions of Mahommed, with averted face made the first sword-cut, and then the Under-Secretary of State and clerks of the Foreign-Office hewed their victim into pieces.

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  • Smith insisted he didn't care about making any more money but the principle was paramount; he was furious at the idea of a major label conning him out of making the record he wanted.

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  • Early though it is, the Senator has already been up and dressed over an hour; and he has spent the time unprofitably, in glancing over his diary of two years ago, in conning, that is, the record of that strange, exciting fortnight which so changed his own and his children's lives.

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  • Just "conning" you cons, these two are my favorite girls!

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  • He slammed the ANC for its "sleight-of-hand" politics, accused that organisation of "conning" and attempting to marginalise the Zulu nation, and of fanning violence to strengthen its argument for a speedy move to elections.

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  • I was "conning" the schooner when this insane scheme was broached, and fearing that the captain might adopt it, I leaped on the hatch, after calling the boatswain to my place, and assured the crew that if they severed the sail, we would lose command of the vessel, so that with impaired headway, the next wave that struck her would show her keel to the skies and her dock to the fishes.

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  • Besides, Padilla is standing beside him; and the second mate, whatever his moral qualities, knows enough for the "conning" of a ship; and cannot fail to observe that the barque is running too much inshore.

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  • Government of "conning" people into believing that its massive clampdown on public spending would not hit services.

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