• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Con. kon a contraction of L. contra, against, as in Pro and con., for and against.
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  • Jack Kramer
    Jack Kramer
    “The worst thing you can do is start slow, or con yourself into thinking that you can take your time getting into a match. The curtain is up so you've got to perform.”


All mod cons - If something has all mod cons, it has all the best and most desirable features. It is an abbreviation of 'modern convenience' that was used in house adverts.
Pros and cons - Pros and cons are arguments for or against a particular issue. Pros are arguments which aim to promote the issue, while cons suggest points against it. The term has been in use since the 16th century and is a shortening of a Latin phrase, pro et contra, which means “for and against.” Considering the pros and cons of an issue is a very useful way to weigh the issue thoughtfully and reach an informed decision.


In literature:

On the bank there is a station occupied by Mr. Con, and on the opposite bank a station occupied by Mr. Gallagher.
"Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria" by William Landsborough
The barber's answer suggested the following con.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
When aw'm smookin a pipe wi' th' owd lass, Aw con thoil 'em whativer they get.
"Yorkshire Ditties, First Series" by John Hartley
You have not seen that youngest Conly yet, and Arthur considers Marian now quite well enough for a call from you.
"Elsie at Home" by Martha Finley
We'll go home on the same train, Con; sure we will.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 1, May 1908" by Various
They both stared on his face, without breathing, while he conned it over.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
You've married him, Con, but we haven't.
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
At last a shell from the destroyer dropped fairly upon the deck of the U-boat, just abaft the conning tower.
"Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns" by Halsey Davidson
Con, I tell you, I can't tell nothin' for sure.
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory
As the conning tower broke water, Tom and his men swarmed up on deck.
"Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X" by Victor Appleton

In poetry:

Io sono lo scultor che il sasso adora
Con cui sapra` dar vita ad una Dea;
So che dopo la notte vien l'aurora,
Dopo il dubbio l'idea.
"Flectar, Non Frangar" by Ferdinando Fontana
?Sera verdad que, huesped de las nieblas,
De la brisa nocturna al tenue soplo,
Alado sube a la region vacia
A encontrarse con otros?
"Rimas LXXV" by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
Olas gigantes que os rompeis bramando
En las playas desiertas y remotas,
Envuelto entre la sabana de espumas,
iLlevadme con vosotras!
"Rimas LII" by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
To sit and dream in a shady nook
While the phantom clouds roll by;
To con some long-remembered book
When the pulse of youth beats high.
"Things Worth While." by Edwin Carty Ranck
If "life is love, and only love,"
Then never have I lived before;
But for love's sack I'll sit me down
And careful con the lesson o'er.
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
--"Lasciami dunque la forma presente,
"Con te non mi lagnai della mia sorte.
"Io voglio restar rosa eternamente!..."
--Le rispose la Morte:
"Circolo" by Ferdinando Fontana

In news:

A passel of new films about everyone's favorite con men, from Tom Sawyer to Adolph Hitler, with a few con women thrown in for balance.
Feds charge 530 for allegedly conning 73,000 homeowners.
Accused of conning rightful owner.
Two Syracuse-area brothers accused of conning a man out of a $5 million winning lottery ticket will stand trial in April.
Macomb County man sent to prison for conning elderly investors out of nearly $1.4 million.
Man gets prison for conning woman out of $200K.
As institutional investors look for better returns in a low-interest-rate environment, Conning has partnered with an Illinois-based lender and underwriter to allow its customers to invest in commercial-mortgage loans.
' Conning Harvard' is a fascinating look at a scandal written by a talented young journalist.
Conning Harvard By Julie Zauzmer The Lyons Press 240 pp.
50 Cent Talks 'Freelancers,' 'All Things Fall Apart' and Conning Forest Whitaker.
Contractor Arrested For Allegedly Conning Customers.
Police have arrested a man they say conned a number of homeowners in the Town of Union.
Con Edison has ordered 25,000, all white.
Given the pros and cons of waterless technology, is the process viable for web offset printing.
Quesadillas dulce con fresas y queso.

In science:

Labelling by distance from the root vertex and the two possible configurations of labels (top: a simple face; bottom: a confluent face).
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
A, where |η | = |η(ω )| = Pe∈E ω (e) is the number of open edges of the configuration ω . 3.3 Conditional probabilities Whether or not an edge e is open depends on the configuration on E \ {e}, and a further important property of random-cluster measures summarises the nature of this dependence.
The Random-Cluster Model
For ξ ∈ Ω, we write Ωξ Λ for the (finite) subset of Ω containing all configurations ω satisfying ω (e) = ξ (e) for e ∈ Ed \ EΛ ; these are the configurations which ‘agree with ξ off Λ’.
The Random-Cluster Model
Figure 6.1. A primal configuration ω (with solid lines and vertices) and its dual configuration ωd (with dashed lines and hollow vertices).
The Random-Cluster Model
We shall consider transitions from a configuration ω to configurations which differ from ω on one edge only.
The Random-Cluster Model