to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
to obtain by fraud or deceit.
verb (used without object), swindled, swindling.
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.
1775-85; back formation from swindler < GermanSchwindler irresponsible person, promoter of wildcat schemes, cheat, derivative of schwindeln to be dizzy (hence dizzy-minded, irresponsible), defraud, equivalent to schwind- (akin to Old Englishswindan to languish) + -(e)l--le + -er-er1
outswindle, verb (used with object), outswindled, outswindling.