hornswoggle

hornswoggle

[hawrn-swog-uhl]
verb (used with object), hornswoggled, hornswoggling. Slang.
to swindle, cheat, hoodwink, or hoax.

Origin:
1815–25 origin uncertain

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hornswoggle (ˈhɔːnˌswɒɡəl)
 
vb
slang (tr) to cheat or trick; bamboozle
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

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hornswoggle
"to cheat," 1829, probably a fanciful formation.
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