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- short for air conditioning
- ‘The downside is of course that you may end up being boiled to death if the air con fails.’
- ‘Hard to beat value - newly built, spacious, clean rooms, with two double beds in each plus ensuite bathroom (with actual bath) - $8 with fan, $10 with air con.’
- ‘We had to sit in the car, in our suits, without the car running for the air con as we can't allow any noise.’
- ‘There is also a motor museum - old American cars are a feature of Havana, the tourists love them; Cubans would rather have something with air con and windows that work.’
- ‘According to British-based research, more than a third of all motorists admit to never using their air con out of the summer months.’
- ‘The air con has recently been upgraded and there's a pool to cool off in during the day.’
- ‘We unpacked in our chalet and decided the best place to be was in the car with the air con on.’
- ‘For singers, the air con can be the kiss of death.’
- ‘In short we all just put together a lifestyle plan that involves darting from air con to air con - or at the very least one of those big industrial fans.’
- ‘This morning it's very hot, even at this early hour, we had the fan on at home and now I've got the air con going in the office which will take the edge of the heat but it never gets that cool in here.’
- ‘Why then do I always get frostbite when I have the air con or climate control on?’
- ‘But given that my air con was broken and the room was an oven, when I woke at 6am after maybe 3.5 hours sleep I could not fall back to sleep.’
- ‘75000 square kilometres of ductwork to funnel the air con.’
- ‘Oh, its because the air con isn't working right now.’
- ‘The heat nudged the thermometer at 42 degrees centigrade on Friday night and we've been alternatively sweating and cooling off under air con ever since.’
- ‘I bought two more fleeces (its cold at work, the air con is frightening), two t-shirts, some more spiral bound notebooks for studying and some more seeds.’
- ‘The air con has been frosty, the food okay, the coffee a revelation, and the people pretty friendly.’
- ‘We learnt to rely on air con, flyscreens and the enormous fridge full of cooling drinks.’
- ‘I think the air con at work would just about finish me off.’
- ‘Well things are going ok here, not done any work yet, it is far too hot, the air con is broken and all in all, there are no ladies.’
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