verb (used with object)
to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
to obtain by fraud or deceit.
verb (used without object)
to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others; cheat.
an act of swindling or a fraudulent transaction or scheme.
anything deceptive; a fraud: This advertisement is a real swindle.
Origin: 1775–85; Related forms
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
+ -er -er1
out·swin·dle, verb (used with object), out·swin·dled, out·swin·dling.
1. cozen, dupe, trick, gull.
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