swindle

[swin-dl]
verb (used with object), swindled, swindling.
1.
to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
2.
to obtain by fraud or deceit.
verb (used without object), swindled, swindling.
3.
to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others; cheat.
noun
4.
an act of swindling or a fraudulent transaction or scheme.
5.
anything deceptive; a fraud: This advertisement is a real swindle.

Origin:
1775–85; back formation from swindler < German Schwindler irresponsible person, promoter of wildcat schemes, cheat, derivative of schwindeln to be dizzy (hence dizzy-minded, irresponsible), defraud, equivalent to schwind- (akin to Old English swindan to languish) + -(e)l- -le + -er -er1

swindleable, adjective
swindler, noun
swindlingly, adverb
outswindle, verb (used with object), outswindled, outswindling.


1. cozen, dupe, trick, gull.
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swindle (ˈswɪndəl)
 
vb
1.  to cheat (someone) of money, etc; defraud
2.  (tr) to obtain (money, etc) by fraud
 
n
3.  a fraudulent scheme or transaction
 
[C18: back formation from German Schwindler, from schwindeln, from Old High German swintilōn, frequentative of swintan to disappear]
 
'swindler
 
n

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Example sentences
Their duties range from checking that market traders do not swindle customers
  to tracking down brothels.
The corresponding swindle relating to economics takes place outside of economic
  theory proper.
And consider that government-backed standards in the credit card banking sector
  have already proved futile, one swindle at a time.
It would be explosive if high pay continued to be seen as a swindle.
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