1. (also con along) to fool a victim in one or another form of confidence trick.
|Artie (1963) 25: Do n’t try to con me with no such talk.|
|Rolling Stones (1913) 79: It were vain to attempt to con such men.‘The Marionettes’ in|
|DN IV:ii 138: con, from confidence. To swindle.‘Clipped Words’ in|
|Just Enough Liebling (2004) 259: He asked me for a loan of three dollars so he could get his teeth out of hock to con a sucker.‘The Jollity Building’ in|
|N&Q Nov. 116/2: Con. To inveigle an individual (either a criminal or an informant) into doing something by verbal trickery [DA].|
|DAUL 47/2: Con along (or Con). To practice the con.et al.|
|On The Road (1972) 10: He was conning me and I knew it […] and he knew I knew.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 11: The addict will beg for it, walk miles for it, wait hours for it, con for it.|
|Carlito’s Way 36: She was going to con a con man. Ha!|
|Eng. Madam 57: He was a different kind of con man, though. He conned with class.|
|Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 47: [I]t was once said that at the Marble Bar that you could be earbashed by Henry Parkes, manipulated by Mark Foy, recited to by Banjo Paterson [...] and conned by Cyril The Dip all in the space of one arvo’s drinking session.|
|Filth 37: A sponging alcoholic jakey who manages to con rich liberal wankers intae believing that he’s some fucking intellectual.|
|Indep. Rev. 26 Jan. 16: Bradley also said he had never conned anybody who couldn’t afford it.|
|Opal Country 291: ‘He was boasting about how he conned you’.|
2. to persuade, to coax (without criminal intent); usu. as con someone into.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 309: Well, we both started out to con that young man.|
|Enemy to Society 294: She says as how Steve wasn’t tuh blame fer makin’ th’ touch ’cause she’d ’conned him into it.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 141: Louie [...] cons her into coming over there to him.‘The Lily of St. Pierre’ in|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 221: I try to con him out of it [i.e. a foolish plan].|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 14: I look to con him out of my way with some soft soap.|
|Mama Black Widow 67: He tried to con the cops he didn’t know.|
|Inside the Und. 110: Respectable people conned into business enterprises with strange fellow-directors.|
|Train to Hell 59: He’s conned Methuen into letting him write this book.|
|Chopper From The Inside 89: The Turk tried to con me to go outside.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 109: The trick was not to con himself that she was solid if she wasn’t.|
|Broken 182: [T]he same person who can be conned into putting down for the bond [etc].‘Sunset’ in|
3. to tell stories, to fantasize.
|Jungle Kids (1967) 55: Don’t con me, cop [...] They’ll give me the Lexington choice.‘. . . Or Leave It Alone’ in|
|All Night Stand 63: Gerry conning away like mad about some improbable situation.|
|Brown’s Requiem 158: Don’t worry, I’m not conning you.|
to trick someone into handing over or giving up something they would prefer to hold on to.
|Find the Woman 276: ‘I suppose you think you can con him out of his money,’ snarled O'Shea.|
|McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (2001) 151: I had a woman who had been conned out of eighteen hundred bucks.|
|Bang To Rights 132: Some geezer who was doing his lagging for conning some old dear out of a few grand.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 29: You never knew when a good connection might walk by, or a trick Helen had been looking for, or someone you knew you could con out of a buck or two.|
|Pimp 17: What they didn’t con him out of he lost in the cheat crap joints.|
(Aus.) to charm a woman; the ultimate aim being seduction.
|G’DAY 9: MACKA: What about we try an con up those two tarts inner corner?|