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Meaning: someone who has spent time in jail

For example:

  • It can be very hard for an ex-con to get a job once he's been released from jail.

  • There's a program that ex-cons can join that helps them start a new life and a new career.

Origin: short for "ex-convict"

Quick Quiz:

An ex-con is someone who has been
  1. a student in a conservatory
  2. a convict in a prison
  3. a worker in wildlife conservation

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