swindle

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Middle High German, from Old High German swintiln, frequentative of the verb swintan; compare Modern German schwindeln, Dutch zwindelen and zwendelen, Low German swinneln.

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swindle ‎(third-person singular simple present swindles, present participle swindling, simple past and past participle swindled)

  1. (transitive) To defraud (someone).
    The two men swindled the company out of $160,000.
  2. (intransitive) To obtain money or property by fraudulent or deceitful methods.

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swindle ‎(plural swindles)

  1. An instance of swindling.

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