swindle

See also: Swindle

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Back-formation from swindler, from German Schwindler, from German schwindeln, from Middle High German swindeln, swindelen, from Old High German swintiln, frequentative of the verb swintan; compare Modern German schwindeln, Danish svindel and svindle, Dutch zwindelen and zwendelen, Yiddish שווינדל(shvindl), Low German swinneln, Middle English swinden (to languish, waste away).

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

  1. (transitive) To defraud.
    The two men swindled the company out of $160,000.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To obtain (money or property) by fraudulent or deceitful methods.
    She swindled more than £200 out of me.

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swindle (plural swindles)

  1. An instance of swindling.
  2. Anything that is deceptively not what it appears to be.

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