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Saturday, July 30, 2011

gazump

\guh-ZUHMP\ , verb;
1.
To cheat (a house buyer) by raising the price, at the time a contract is to be signed, over the amount originally agreed upon.
Quotes:
"I promise not to gazump you this time," he said, sitting down next to her on the sofa and reaching out to stroke the back of her head."
-- John Trenhaile, Tiger of Desire
"It is yet another thing for me to be paranoid about, but I can't see them letting anyone else gazump you us."
-- Diana Appleyard, Homing Instinct
Origin:
Gazump evolves from the earlier gazoomph, "to swindle," which is an argot (jargon among thieves) word of uncertain origin.
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