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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)


Noun swindle has 1 sense

Verb swindle has 1 sense


swindlev. t. [See Swindler.].
     To cheat defraud grossly, or with deliberate artifice; as, to swindle a man out of his property.  [1913 Webster]
    "Lammote . . . has swindled one of them out of three hundred livres."  [1913 Webster]
     The act or process of swindling; a cheat.  [1913 Webster]


swindle, v. & n.
--v.tr. (often foll. by out of)
1 cheat (a person) of money, possessions, etc. (was swindled out of all his savings).
2 cheat a person of (money etc.) (swindled all his savings out of him).
1 an act of swindling.
2 a person or thing represented as what it is not.
3 a fraudulent scheme.

swindler n.
back-form. f. swindler f. G Schwindler extravagant maker of schemes, swindler, f. schwindeln be dizzy



abstract, abstraction, and, annex, annexation, appropriate, appropriation, bag, ballot-box stuffing, bamboozle, beat, beguile of, bilk, bleed, bleed white, boost, boosting, borrow, buffalo, bunco, burn, cardsharping, cheat, cheating, chicanery, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, clinquant, clip, cog, cog the dice, con, con game, confidence game, conversion, conveyance, cop, counterfeit, cozen, cozenage, crib, deceive, deception, defraud, defrauding, diddle, diddling, dishonesty, do, do in, do out of, dodge, dummy, dupe, embezzle, embezzlement, euchre, exploit, extort, fake, fakement, fiddle, filch, filching, finagle, fishy transaction, flam, fleece, flimflam, fob, fool, forgery, frame-up, fraud, fraudulence, fraudulency, fudge, gerrymandering, gouge, graft, grift, gull, gyp, gyp joint, have, hoax, hocus, hocus-pocus, hold up, hoodwink, hook, humbug, illicit business, imitation, imposition, impostor, imposture, junk, knavery, liberation, lift, lifting, make off with, mock, mulct, nip, overcharge, overprice, overtax, pack the deal, palm, paste, phony, pigeon, pilfer, pilferage, pilfering, pinch, pinchbeck, pinching, pluck, poach, poaching, practice fraud upon, profiteer, purloin, put-on, put-up job, racket, rip-off, rogue, rook, run away with, rustle, scam, screw, scrounge, scrounging, sell, sell gold bricks, sham, sharp practice, shave, shoddy, shoplift, shoplifting, shortchange, simulacrum, skin, snare, snatch, snatching, sneak thievery, snitch, snitching, soak, stack the cards, steal, stealage, stealing, stick, sting, surcharge, swindling, swipe, swiping, take, take a dive, take in, theft, thieve, thievery, thieving, thimblerig, thimblerigging, throw a fight, tinsel, trick, trickery, victimize, walk off with, whited sepulcher




VB steal, thieve, rob, mug, purloin, pilfer, filch, prig, bag, nim, crib, cabbage, palm, abstract, appropriate, plagiarize, convey away, carry off, abduct, kidnap, crimp, make off with, walk off with, run off with, run away with, spirit away, seize, plunder, pillage, rifle, sack, loot, ransack, spoil, spoliate, despoil, strip, sweep, gut, forage, levy blackmail, pirate, pickeer, maraud, lift cattle, poach, smuggle, run, badger, bail up, hold up, stick up, bunco, bunko, filibuster, swindle, peculate, embezzle, sponge, mulct, rook, bilk, pluck, pigeon, fleece, defraud, obtain under false pretenses, live by one's wits, rob Peter to pay Paul, borrow of Peter to pay Paul, set a thief to catch a thief, disregard the distinction between meum and tuum, fence, launder, launder money.


VB not pay, fail, break, stop payment, become insolvent, become bankrupt, be gazetted, protest, dishonor, repudiate, nullify, refuse payment, pay under protest, button up one's pockets, draw the purse strings, apply the sponge, pay over the left shoulder, get whitewashed, swindle, run up bills, fly kites.


N deception, falseness, untruth, imposition, imposture, fraud, deceit, guile, fraudulence, fraudulency, covin, knavery, misrepresentation, bluff, straw-bail, straw bid, spoof, delusion, gullery, juggling, jugglery, slight of hand, legerdemain, prestigiation, prestidigitation, magic, conjuring, conjuration, hocus-pocus, escamoterie, jockeyship, trickery, coggery, chicanery, supercherie, cozenage, circumvention, ingannation, collusion, treachery, practical joke, trick, cheat, wile, blind, feint, plant, bubble, fetch, catch, chicane, juggle, reach, hocus, bite, card sharping, stacked deck, loaded dice, quick shuffle, double dealing, dealing seconds, dealing from the bottom of the deck, artful dodge, swindle, tricks upon travelers, stratagem, confidence trick, fake, hoax, theft, ballot-box stuffing, barney, brace game, bunko game, drop game, gum game, panel game, shell game, thimblerig, skin game, snare, trap, pitfall, decoy, gin, springe, springle, noose, hoot, bait, decoy-duck, tub to the whale, baited trap, guet-a-pens, cobweb, net, meshes, toils, mouse trap, birdlime, dionaea, Venus's flytrap, ambush, trapdoor, sliding panel, false bottom, spring-net, spring net, spring gun, mask, masked battery, mine, flytrap, green goods, panel house, Cornish hug, wolf in sheep's clothing, disguise, disguisement, false colors, masquerade, mummery, borrowed plumes, pattes de velours, mockery, copy, counterfeit, sham, make- believe, forgery, fraud, lie, a delusion a mockery and a snare, hollow mockery, whited sepulcher, painted sepulcher, tinsel, paste, junk jewelry, costume jewelry, false jewelry, synthetic jewels, scagliola, ormolu, German silver, albata, paktong, white metal, Britannia metal, paint, veneer, jerry building, man of straw, illusion, ignis fatuus, mirage, deceived, deceiving, cunning, prestigious, prestigiatory, deceptive, deceptious, deceitful, covinous, delusive, delusory, illusive, illusory, elusive, insidious, ad captandum vulgus, untrue, mock, sham, make-believe, counterfeit, snide, pseudo, spurious, supposititious, so-called, pretended, feigned, trumped up, bogus, scamped, fraudulent, tricky, factitious bastard, surreptitious, illegitimate, contraband, adulterated, sophisticated, unsound, rotten at the core, colorable, disguised, meretricious, tinsel, pinchbeck, plated, catchpenny, Brummagem, artificial, synthetic, ersatz, simulated, under false colors, under the garb of, under cover of, over the left, keep the word of promise to the ear and break it t, fronti nulla fides, ah that deceit should steal such gentle shapes, a quicksand of deceit, decipimur specie recti, falsi crimen, fraus est celare fraudem, lupus in fabula, so smooth, he daubed his vice with show of virtue.

VB deceive, take in, defraud, cheat, jockey, do, cozen, diddle, nab, chouse, play one false, bilk, cully, jilt, bite, pluck, swindle, victimize, abuse, mystify, blind one's eyes, blindfold, hoodwink, throw dust into the eyes, dupe, gull, hoax, fool, befool, bamboozle, flimflam, hornswoggle, trick, impose upon, practice upon, play upon, put upon, palm off on, palm upon, foist upon, snatch a verdict, bluff off, bluff, bunko, four flush, gum, spoof, stuff (a ballot box), circumvent, overreach, outreach, out wit, out maneuver, steal a march upon, give the go-by, to leave in the lurch decoy, waylay, lure, beguile, delude, inveigle, entrap, intrap, ensnare, nick, springe, set a trap, lay a trap, lay a snare for, bait the hook, forelay, spread the toils, lime, trapan, trepan, kidnap, let in, hook in, nousle, nousel, blind a trail, enmesh, immesh, shanghai, catch, catch in a trap, sniggle, entangle, illaqueate, hocus, escamoter, practice on one's credulity, hum, humbug, gammon, stuff up, sell, play a trick upon one, play a practical joke upon one, put something over on one, put one over on, balk, trip up, throw a tub to a whale, fool to the top of one's bent, send on a fool's errand, make game, make a fool of, make an April fool of, make an ass of, trifle with, cajole, flatter, come over, gild the pill, make things pleasant, divert, put a good face upon, dissemble, cog, cog the dice, load the dice, stack the deck, live by one's wits, play at hide and seek, obtain money under false pretenses, conjure, juggle, practice chicanery, deacon, play off, palm off, foist off, fob-off, lie, misinform, mislead, betray, be deceived.

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