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swindle

swin·dle

swindle

 
 
pronunciation:
swIn dl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: swindled, swindles, swindling
definition 1: to cheat, esp. by deceit; dupe.
The nephew swindled the old man of all his property.
synonyms:
burn, cheat, clip, con, cozen, defraud, dupe, fleece, gull, rook
similar words:
bamboozle, bilk, deceive, diddle, euchre out, gyp, humbug, rip off, rogue, thimblerig
definition 2: to obtain by using deceit or fraud.
The forger swindled the money from the government.
synonyms:
embezzle
similar words:
cheat, filch, rip off
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to practice deceit or fraud, esp. in order to obtain money or property.
synonyms:
cheat, cozen
similar words:
deceive, overreach
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part of speech: noun
definition: a fraudulent act or scheme, esp. for obtaining money or property.
synonyms:
con, confidence game, fraud
similar words:
cheat
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derivations: swindlingly (adv.), swindler (n.)
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