verb (used with object)
to deceive or trick.
Archaic. to blindfold.
Obsolete. to cover or hide.

1555–65; hood1 + wink

hoodwinkable, adjective
hoodwinker, noun
unhoodwinked, adjective

1. dupe, cheat, swindle, gyp.
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hoodwink (ˈhʊdˌwɪŋk)
1.  to dupe; trick
2.  obsolete to cover or hide
[C16: originally, to cover the eyes with a hood, blindfold]

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Word Origin & History

1562, "to blindfold," from hood (1) + wink; fig. sense of "mislead, deceive" is 1610.
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Example sentences
His friends literally have to hoodwink him into leaving so that he will avoid extermination.
Soft measures, if required by the authorities, could end up being used to hoodwink investors.
Fishermen, however, may not be able to hoodwink consumers for much longer.
It's the sort of abusive statistical comparison political hacks use to hoodwink the public.
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