|Kanji in this term|
First recorded in the Edo period.
According to one theory, formed from 護摩 (goma, “a holy fire in esoteric Buddhism”) + verbalizing suffix かす (kasu), from a common fraud perpetrated in the Edo period of dressing as a monk and selling regular ash purported to be ash from such holy fires.
- to cheat or deceive
- to lie
- to evade a question or deflect attention; to gloss over a mistake; to fudge; to bullshit
- to embezzle
- to defraud or swindle