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grift

[grift] /grɪft/
noun
1.
(sometimes used with a plural verb) a group of methods for obtaining money falsely through the use of swindles, frauds, dishonest gambling, etc.
2.
money obtained from such practices.
verb (used without object)
3.
to profit by the use of grift:
a man known to have grifted for many years.
verb (used with object)
4.
to obtain (money or other profit) by grift.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; perhaps alteration of graft2
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Word Origin and History for grift

1906 (n.); 1915 (v.), U.S. underworld slang, perhaps a corruption of graft (2).

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grift

noun
  1. Money gotten dishonestly and by one's wits, esp by swindling
  2. Any dishonest way of getting money by cunning, esp the deceptions of confidence tricksters, hawkers, etc
verb

: He grifted a couple years then got a regular job (1914+ Carnival & circus)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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