verb (used without object)
to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an email that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one.
verb (used with object)
to make (someone) a victim in this way: If you've been phished, you should cancel your credit cards immediately.
Sometimes, brand spoof.
Compare vish.

1995–2000; respelling (influenced by phreak) of fish

phisher, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Main Entry:  phish
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to send ruse e-mail with a link to a replica of an existing web page, designed to fool users into submitting personal, financial, or password information; to defraud someone using this method; also, to create a website replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords
Example:  1990s; prob fr fishing, borrowing the ph from phony
Etymology:  computing; also phishing, (n.), phisher, (n.)'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Example sentences
We think consumers cannot grant meaningful, informed consent when an installation is predicated on a worm or a phish.
Many anti-virus programs now filter out or warn you of potential phish attacks.
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