Bilker

bilk

[bilk]
verb (used with object)
1.
to defraud; cheat: He bilked the government of almost a million dollars.
2.
to evade payment of (a debt).
3.
to frustrate: a career bilked by poor health.
4.
to escape from; elude: to bilk one's pursuers.
noun
5.
a cheat; swindler.
6.
a trick; fraud; deceit.

Origin:
1625–35; of obscure origin

bilker, noun


1. swindle, trick, dupe, fleece, rook.
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bilk (bɪlk)
 
vb
1.  to balk; thwart
2.  (often foll by of) to cheat or deceive, esp to avoid making payment to
3.  to escape from; elude
4.  cribbage to play a card that hinders (one's opponent) from scoring in his or her crib
 
n
5.  a swindle or cheat
6.  a person who swindles or cheats
 
[C17: perhaps variant of balk]
 
'bilker
 
n

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bilk
1650s, from the noun (1630s), first used as a cribbage term. Origin obscure, it was believed in 17c. to be "a word signifying nothing," perhaps of Arabic origin; but it is rather perhaps a thinned form of balk. Meaning "to defraud" is first recorded 1670s.
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